Impending fatherhood won`t distract KP from cricket

Last Updated: May 07, 2010, 14:29 PM IST

Barbados: Kevin Pietersen would leave the English team the moment he is called home for the birth of his first child but as long as he is here, the hard-hitting batsman says he would not let it distract him from the cricket in the Twenty20 World Cup.

"If it`s after the tournament that the baby comes, it`s after the tournament. If it`s during the tournament, I`ll still be giving it my best shot whenever I play for England - no matter where or in what situation," Pietersen said after guiding the team to a win over Pakistan with an unbeaten 73 last night.

Pietersen could leave the Caribbean in the next 10 days to be with his pop star wife Jessica in London where she is expecting the birth of the couple`s first child.

After some initial hiccups, Pietersen found his form with a 52-ball innings featuring two sixes and eight fours and set the stage for English team`s face off with a formidable South African side here tomorrow.

"It was nice, a nice wicket to bat on, and the boys bowled well. Then we chased down a real gettable total, which was great," he said after the match.

"To go out there and perform on a day when it was crucial was great. It`s two points for the boys and one more victory and maybe we can go to the semi-finals," he added.

The number three batsman, who was born in South Africa, said he understands the importance of the match against the Proteas and insisted he will perform to his best.

"I want to play for England and win games for England. I`ll play for England as long as I can. I will give my best. But anything can happen in Twenty20. I could get out first ball against South Africa," he said.

Pietersen, who hit his ankle with the bat and needed several minutes of on-field treatment during yesterday`s match against Pakistan, said he is fine now and there is no concern.

"The ankle is fine. When you win injuries you don`t worry about - it`s a great win by the boys. No concern - I just hit my bat on my ankle. It was bleeding a little bit, but no problem," he said.

The former Test captain had missed most of last year`s Ashes series triumph due to an Achilles injury.

PTI

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