Morgan putting his faith in Pietersen

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England ODI captain Eoin Morgan is putting his faith in batsman Kevin Pietersen for the five-match ODI series against Australia, saying Pietersen's experience will be valuable to the younger players.

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan is putting his faith in batsman Kevin Pietersen for the five-match ODI series against Australia, saying Pietersen's experience will be valuable to the younger players.

England go into the series without five key players, namely Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Ian Bell, leaving Pietersen and Jonathan Trott as the most senior batsmen.

But Morgan thinks KP will be vital to the side's success, as they sit with five new players in the squad, and Pietersen has the most runs, of the current crop, against the Aussies in ODIs.

Morgan said ahead of the ODI series: "Kev offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman.

"As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence in which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that's crucial.

"When I first came into the team he was one of the more senior players and he was a guy you could turn to and ask difficult questions or have no hesitation in turning to him for a positive option.

"In that regard I think he's fantastic to have in the squad and back in for the one-day series."

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When asked if Pietersen could open the batting in this series, in the absence of Cook and Bell, Morgan replied: "It's certainly an option. Kev's opened the batting for England before and done well.

"He also bats in the middle-order as a very explosive player. He's very versatile in that regard so we'll be looking at both options.

"Cooky and Belly have been very successful now for a couple of years and they've been a huge part of our success as a one-day team.

"With the two new balls in one-day cricket it makes that role more difficult now, so it's an important role and one that we recognise needs filling."

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