Shane Warne has backed Kevin Pietersen to show England what they are missing when the two line up for a Rest of the World side in a match to commemorate the bicentenary of Lord's on Saturday.
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne is adamant erstwhile England batsman Kevin Pietersen will contribute a telling innings come Saturday's showpiece limited-overs fixture, which will commemorate the bicentenary of Lord's.
Warne will captain the Rest of the World XI, which includes Pietersen and ex-Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, against a formidable Marylebone Cricket Club unit, skippered by Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
"Kevin is an absolute match-winner. He is a superstar and a wonderful player. He is fantastic to watch, I'm sure he will turn it on on Saturday and smash it all over the park. He has played well over the years at Lord's in his time with England and hopefully he can do that on Saturday," said Warne.
"With the guys we have in the side they are pretty special and we all have egos but we will all be keen to impress and to show what they have got with the bat or the ball.
"I'm sure one or two players in the Rest of the World side will be keen to get out there and score a lot of runs. It will be pretty relaxed, everyone knows everyone. We want to win, Sachin's team wants to win so we will enjoy the game."
The 34-year-old Pietersen was dropped ahead of the tour of the Caribbean in February - and new England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton has since all but insisted a recall won't occur.