Pietersen's pitch concerns
Kevin Pietersen has called for more wickets to be prepared to provide results to help keep Test cricket alive.
Last Updated: 19/03/10 10:21am
Kevin Pietersen has laid into the state of the pitch during the first Test in Chittagong, and called for more wickets to be prepared to provide results in the five-day format.
England did manage to take 20 wickets to win the first Test, but even though Bangladesh were outclassed they made it tough with a stubborn second innings effort.
The track in Chittagong did not offer a great deal to either seamers or spinners, and although Pietersen benefited by making 99 he does not think it is good for the game.
With Test cricket coming under fire from shorter forms of the game, Pietersen says that flat batting tracks will not help it prosper.
"For me personally to bat on that wicket, that's fine, that's great, but I don't think those conditions are good for Test match cricket," said Pietersen.
"Everyone is talking about where Test cricket will be in five years and I don't think wickets like that conducive to people watching.
"On day five of a Test match you expect some spin and something in the wicket. On days three, four and five in the longer form of the game you need wickets that will produce victories or results.
"I don't think the wicket was great in terms of entertainment."
Pietersen will head straight to the Indian Premier League after Saturday's second Test in Mirpur finishes, but insists his heart is still in Test cricket.
Although he has made a name for himself in shorter forms of cricket, and is paid handsomely for his efforts in the Twenty20 league, Pietersen is desperate to see Tests thrive as the pinnacle of the sport.
Test is best
"At the end of the day I love Test match cricket but with the way it is going and the way people are negatively talking about it now...to play on a wicket like that is not good for Test cricket," he said
"I want Test match cricket to survive for as long as possible because it tests every individual and toughens you up.
"If we had played India on that it would have been 700 plays 700 plays 100 for one.
"I mentioned it after the West Indies series last year that in order for Test match cricket to continue and be the number one game, groundsmen have a huge part to play."