Lack of IPL experience can work for England bowlers: Pietersen

Updated: Sep 23, 2012, 14:00 PM IST

London: Out of favour cricketer Kevin Pietersen believes England’s lack of Indian Premier League (IPL) experience can work in their favour while they seek to defend their World Twenty20 title, won in the Caribbean two years ago.

“One good thing that helped us win the T20 last time was that our bowlers hadn’t been seen that much,” a daily quoted Pietersen, as saying.

“A lot of the guys don’t play IPL for various reasons. So when they come into a tournament like this, the guys can’t line them up. That’s a real good tag for our bowling attack,” he added.

He also praised match-winner Luke Wright, as England got their campaign off to an impressive start with a 116-run Group A win against Afghanistan in the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

“I totally agree with his sentiments, saying he’s become a much better player because he’s played ‘Big Bash’ and IPL when he’s been out of the team. Batting at three gives you more opportunity but it also adds extra pressure. He’s come in and done a terrific job,” the Daily Star quoted Pietersen, as saying.

The triumph, on the back of No.3 Wright’s 99 not out, now means that England are already through to the Super Eight stages, regardless of the outcome of today’s match against India, the paper said.