Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: We Can Humiliate the Aussies - Pietersen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: We Can Humiliate the Aussies - Pietersen

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KEVIN Pietersen has admitted he is relishing the chance to "humiliate" Australia after setting up the chance to send them home from the ICC World Twenty20 Championships.

The 50-run victory over Zimbabwe, who beat Australia by five wickets on Wednesday, leaves England with an opportunity to remove them from the competition if they win at Newlands today.

It is a prospect Pietersen - man-of-the-match for a sparkling 79 off 37 balls yesterday - is savouring. He was a member of the side who slipped to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash last winter.

The South Africa-born batsman, who hit seven fours and four sixes, said: "We were humiliated last winter by Australia and we're in a position of strength and there's a possibility for us pretty much humiliating Australia.

"It's somewhere we've not been for a long time and it's somewhere that would be really fun and a really good day for England if it happens.

"I'm not saying it's going to happen but it must pick the dressing room up and get everybody buzzing.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime because it's not often in English sport you can say that about Australian sport. I don't want to make this into me saying things about Australia because it's not, it's a permutation that could happen and if it happens it happens."

Pietersen's innings helped England reach a commanding 188-9 in their innings and after Dimitri Mascarenhas claimed 3-18 and Chris Schofield grabbed 2-15, Zimbabwe were restricted to 138-7 in reply.

Providing England do not lose to Australia by a similar margin - in which case they would go out and the other two in the group would progress - their performance has almost certainly guaranteed their participation in the next stage.

For the moment, though, England are focusing on their next game without worrying about permutations and accept Australia could be far more dangerous than they were against Zimbabwe. …

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