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KP praise for England hero Wright
1:23pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 in Hampshire Sport
Pietersen, unavailable for the defence of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka because of his differences with the England and Wales Cricket Board, is instead fulfilling a lucrative contract as television pundit for this tournament from a Colombo studio.
The superstar batsman spoke in glowing terms last night, of match-winner Luke Wright in particular, as England got their campaign off to an impressive start with a 116-run Group A success against Afghanistan.
The victory, on the back of number three Wright's 99 not out, means England are already through to the Super Eight stages - irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow's match against India.
Wright spoke afterwards of his learning curve at various Twenty20 domestic leagues around the world, including the IPL.
Pietersen said: ''I totally agree with his sentiments, saying he's become a much better player because he's played 'Big Bash' and IPL when he's been out of the team.
''Batting at three gives you more opportunity but it also adds extra pressure. He's come in and done a terrific job.''
Pietersen's initial wish to play a full IPL campaign next spring, at a time when England are on Test duty, was one of the first stumbling blocks in his contract wrangles with the ECB.
He hinted, via Twitter, yesterday that he is hoping an agreement for his return can be reached soon.
In the meantime, he senses England's lack of IPL experience - especially their bowlers' - might actually work in their favour as they seek to follow up their World Twenty20 success in the Caribbean two years ago.
''One good thing that helped us win the T20 last time was that our bowlers hadn't been seen that much,'' he said.
''A lot of the guys don't play IPL for various reasons. So when they come into a tournament like this, the guys can't line them up. That's a real good tag for our bowling attack.''