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Cricket: KP: IPL SPELLS GLORY; We have to learn from India's new style cricket ENGLAND IN THE WEST INDIES.

Byline: BY DEAN WILSON Cricket Correspondent in Trinidad

KEVIN PIETERSEN believes the Indian Premier League is the answer to England's problems as they go in search of their first win of the winter.

Pietersen is almost at his wit's end over their touring drought that has seen England play 13 international matches of all variety, losing seven and drawing six.

But the 1-0 Test defeat at the hands to the West Indies clearly rankles more than anything else having become the first side to lose a series to them in five years.

With a Twenty20 match followed by five one-day internationals against the Windies to come, Pietersen is now just desperate to help find an end to this winter of discontent.

Pietersen said: "It is very, very disappointing for the simple fact that we have not won a single game this winter and we still don't seem to be doing enough to win.

"To lose the series is horrendous, we lost the Stanford game, we lost the India Tests, we lost the India one-dayers, now we've lost the Tests here and it is horrible. I hate losing and to lose a series against the West Indies when I think we're a better side or at least should be a better side. It is not good enough really."

The last-gasp effort to break the Windies' resistance on the final day in Trinidad might have been another glorious failure for this team to put down to experience, but it also showed what they can do when the shackles are off.

Pietersen's 16th Test ton together with a fine 61 from Matt Prior (below) gave England's bowlers a target to bowl at and although they came up two wickets short, it was a brand of cricket that must be repeated.

"I love the way we played the last Test match," added Pietersen. "I enjoyed the way we batted and I enjoyed the way we attacked with our bowlers.

"We played some positive cricket and that is the way I like to play. That is the way I would have played this series if I had been skipper and this is what we have to take into the one-day series.

"We've got to go out there swinging and playing some good positive cricket. I'm not sure I want to be here another month if we don't win a game - we are going to have to do something."

England's former captain points to the IPL and the subsequent form of the Indian team as the blueprint for success, backed up by their destruction of New Zealand this week.

Pietersen is still waiting on complete security reports from the IPL, but he is confident of taking his place in the Bangalore Royal Challengers squad, where he believes one-day skills are being pushed to a new level.

There will be those who will cynically point to the money he will be earning as the real motivation.

But Pietersen is not exactly on the breadline and his comments make cricketing sense.

He said: "India are taking one-day cricket to a different level. Have you seen the way they are playing in New Zealand? Then compare that to what we did out there last year.

"We've got to find a way to get up there. I just think the reason why India have gone through the roof is because of the IPL and after missing out last year, there is no way we can get up there if we don't play.

"It is important for our players to learn how to hit fours and sixes. You can do that in Twenty20 cricket and you can practise it. You must practise it in order to play it.

"In the middle when you try to play like that you have to know you've practised it, and Twenty20 is a boundary-fest.

"I'm afraid to say it but they have taken the game to a new level because of the IPL and I think the players recognise that."


PIETERSEN is looking forward to pitting his skills against Sachin Tendulkar (left) and his Mumbai Indians
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 13, 2009
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