Strauss admits KP 'gamble'
Andrew Strauss says Kevin Pietersen opening the batting for England is a calculated gamble that could pay off.
Last Updated: 20/02/11 4:36pm
Andrew Strauss believes the "calculated gamble" of opening the batting with Kevin Pietersen could give England the boost they need at the World Cup.
England open their Group B campaign against Holland in Nagpur on Tuesday and Strauss has backed Pietersen, who has never gone in first in his 110 ODIs, to shine in the new role.
"We thought about it in Australia," Strauss told Sportsweek.
"In the subcontinent the first 10 or 15 overs is always the best time to bat.
"We thought it would be a spur to him to take the World Cup by storm.
"It could work in our favour and put opposition teams under pressure. We have learned from past World Cups where we have been a bit conservative.
"It's a bit of a calculated gamble on our part but Kevin is capable of taking a game by the scruff of the neck without taking huge risks."
Strauss admits he would prefer it if the tournament, which started on February 19 and ends on April 2, was not as long - "ideally it wouldn't be six weeks"
- but insists he will last the course.
"I'm not too tired," he said. "We get used to playing a lot. That's what we
do, that's what we are employed to do and that's what we have done for the last seven or eight years and you get used to it."
The current event features 14 teams while the 2015 edition will be reduced to 10 teams.