KP curses bad weather
Kevin Pietersen admits England's frustrations are mounting as poor weather continues to hinder their preparations.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 07/12/09 5:21pm
Kevin Pietersen admits England's frustrations are mounting as poor weather continues to hinder their preparations for what the master batsman has described as a "huge series" against South Africa.
England will have played just three days' cricket in three weeks by the time the first of two tour matches against South African Airways XI starts on Wednesday, after rain again confined the players indoors on Monday.
Cancelled training sessions are quick becoming a feature of England's tour of South Africa so far, along with the one-day international washouts in Johannesburg and Durban.
And Pietersen, who will be making his comeback to the main stage after a four-month injury lay-off, insists the players want nothing more than to get out onto the field and prepare properly for the four-Tour series.
Hit and miss
"It's been very hit and miss on this tour," said Pietersen, who would have benefited more than most from net and middle practice as he tries to ready himself for next week's opening Test against the Proteas at Centurion.
"I don't think I've been on too many tours where we've actually had two games rained off."
The weather proved favourable to England's ODI against South Africa as the visitors claimed a 2-1 victory, aided by the downpours, but Pietersen insists the players would prefer not to rely on the conditions to win matches.
He added: "It's worked in our favour so far, in terms of the results. But we're here to play cricket; we want to play cricket, and it's very frustrating sitting in a hotel room and not being able to go and do what we love."
Pietersen has yet to click again with the bat since his return from Achilles surgery - and he knows runs, or at least precious time in the middle, are very important for him this week.
The South African-born batsman is confident nonetheless that he and the rest of the squad will be able to deal with whatever circumstances are thrown at them by a recently downgraded Proteas, keen to return to the top of the world rankings next year.
"There are quite a few of us with good experience of international cricket, so we're going to have to draw from that - get our heads right, get our heads round what we can't control," he added.
"Then when we do get the opportunity to go and train we make good use of it.
"We just want to get cracking with the new balls - the red ball instead of the white now.
"It's going to be a huge series for us and a huge one for South Africa.
"It will be a very, very tough series for us - being away from home as well - and we just want to get started."