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Strauss backs Pietersen to recover form

England stars Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen

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England stars Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen

England captain Andrew Strauss has backed Kevin Pietersen to recapture the form which once made him most feared batsmen in international cricket.

Pietersen, who recently become a father for the first time, has struggled since returning from a long-standing Achilles injury, only scoring one century in the last 17 Tests. But Strauss believes his star batsman can bounce back in the forthcoming four-match series against Pakistan.

“Kevin has just turned 30 but he has got a lot of cricket left in him,” said Strauss. “He has had a tough time, there is no doubt about that. He has not scored as many runs as he has done in the past. But he is a high-quality cricketer and he will come back and play match-winning innings for us.

“He has had a bit of a break and that has been well received. A new addition to the family changes your priorities a bit and you need to get your life in order. I think he will come out and play really well against Pakistan.

“Kevin wants to be a great cricketer and he knows the way to do that is by scoring runs consistently and putting in match-winning performances and I have no worries that he will do that.”

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