London: Skipper Paul Collingwood has said that Kevin Pietersen, who arrived back in the Caribbean after becoming a father, is crucial for England`s chances of winning their first cricket World Cup after 35 years of trying
Pietersen landed last night and will regain his place at No.3 in the World Twenty20semi-final with Sri Lanka today. Pietersen`s wife Jessica Taylor gave birth to their first baby, a boy, on Sunday.
Collingwood insisted Pietersen will rejoin a squad oozing with confidence, excitement and talent, a newspaper reports.
"I`m sure KP will be happy and raring to go. Fatigue shouldn`t be an issue and he will be in a great state of mind. He won`t have a formal practice, but I`m sure he will have a few hits," the England skipper said.
"There is nothing technical he needs to change and I`m sure his mind will be 100 per cent right. KP is very important. He played two man-of-the- match innings before he went home and looks back to his best," Collingwood said.
England won all three of their Super Eights matches against Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.
"Captaining England in a world semi-final, that`s brilliant. I had a real sense when we turned up with this squad that we could do well. We`ve made some selections that have really come good," Collingwood said.
"I think there was a real belief in the squad at the start of the tournament and now there is a lot of excitement. Sometimes, when you get to these situations, you sense some nerves but that hasn`t been the case. The boys can`t wait to play."
"This is the most powerful England side I`ve played in - definitely. Everybody can hit sixes all the way down to No 10."
"The bowlers are also thinking for themselves," added.