Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pietersen Proud of Team as Test Ends in Stalemate; We Win Again: The In-Form Indians Celebrate Their Series Victory after the Second Test Petered out into a Draw in Mohali This Morning

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pietersen Proud of Team as Test Ends in Stalemate; We Win Again: The In-Form Indians Celebrate Their Series Victory after the Second Test Petered out into a Draw in Mohali This Morning

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

KEVIN PIETERSEN finally saw his England team stop the rot here today and then described the last two months as probably the toughest of my career so far.

With India happy with what they had already achieved, the second and final Test drifted gently to a draw when Pie-tersens men might have been put under pressure one last time before beginning their journey home tonight.

The bottom line is that England have started Pietersens first winter in charge by losing the Stanford 20 million dollar match in Antigua, losing the one-day internationals in India 5-0 and los-ing this mini-Test series 1-0 after last weeks shattering six-wicket defeat in Chennai.

But Pietersen insists he is leaving here with a real sense of pride after the way his Test team came back to the subcontinent following last months terror attacks in Mumbai and then stretched opponents who are right at the top of their game at the moment.

These have probably been the toughest six to eight weeks of my career so far, so to score a hundred like I did yes-terday meant a heck of a lot to me, said the England skipper.

And I feel really proud to be captain of the bunch of guys we brought here. The boys have behaved like great ambassadors, theyve been fantastic.

We can take a lot of positives from these last two weeks because I think we competed really well.

India are playing fantastic, confident cricket at the moment. But we came close in Chennai and should have given ourselves a better opportunity there on the final day, but Sachin Tendulkar took it away from us.

The results have not gone our way, but its not been through lack of effort. The guys have shown a lot of character, theyve played with smiles on their faces, theyve trained hard and they deserve a good break over Christmas.

If India had been desperate for a win here, the final day would doubtless have followed a different pattern. As it was, home captain Mahendra Dhoni finally decided to take his foot off Englands throat by batting until after lunch and leaving the visitors only 43 overs to face. …

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