Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Won't Be Hit for Sicks, Promises KP; Captain's Slog: Kevin Pietersen Hits out on His Way to Making 44 as England Grab a Nervy One-Run Win over Trinidad & Tobago

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Won't Be Hit for Sicks, Promises KP; Captain's Slog: Kevin Pietersen Hits out on His Way to Making 44 as England Grab a Nervy One-Run Win over Trinidad & Tobago

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Byline: David Lloyd

ENGLAND captain Kevin Pietersen is confident he will have his best team on the field for Saturday's $20million match despite being surrounded by sick and suffering players here last night.

Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Luke Wright and Ryan Sidebottom all missed the one-run victory over Trinidad because of upset stomachs while Andrew Flintoff did well to get through yesterday's final warm-up game after also succumbing to a bug which had claimed Steve Harmison as a victim earlier this week.

And with Owais Shah and Matt Prior needing treatment for knee and hand injuries respectively, it was just as well that England recruited two emergency fielders in Middlesex pair Dawid Malan and Steven Finn. Both entered the action at various stages before Pietersen's men won a last-ball nail-biter.

"I'm not sure there will be too many missing the bus on Saturday," said the skipper. With around ?650,000 a man on offer for beating the Stanford Superstars, it's easy to see where Pietersen is coming from.

If Saturday's contest goes right to the wire, then Pietersen will do well to look as calm as he did last night before Harmison delivered the last ball with Trinidad needing three runs for victory and two to send the match into a oneover per side shoot-out.

Tailender Ravi Rampaul could only find Shah at third man and there was no chance of anything more than a single once the fielder collected the ball cleanly and returned to Prior. Harmison and Shah had done what was necessary, but then there was not a life-changing amount of cash resting on the outcome.

Pietersen will be pleased when the subject of money is not tied up with almost every question. "Yes, it's a lot of dosh but the longer this week goes on, and everybody makes so much of it, the more you just want to get it over," he said before returning to his more usual theme of his players having a ball. …

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