Pietersen was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2010 ICC Twenty20 World Cup
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad believes that he can lead his country to victory in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 World Cup, even without the help of flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen, recently retired from limited overs cricket in a shocking announcement since he wanted to concentrate on becoming a better Test batsman, and possibly continue playing in the longer format for another three to four years.
However, there has been much speculation that Pietersen quit since he was not allowed to only play in Twenty20 Internationals, which contradicts the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules, whereby all cricketers have to play in both ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals or play in neither of the formats.
But, on a lighter note, Broad also spoke highly of Alex Hales, who scored an outstanding 99 against the West Indies in the second and final Twenty20 match between the two nations.
The Daily Mirror, quoted Broad as saying: “KP has retired, so Belly (Ian Bell) comes into the one-day team and gets a hundred, and then, Alex comes into the T20 side, and hits 99. It was a fantastic knock on his home ground. He knows the conditions and he targeted the bowlers when he wanted to, he played smart cricket and he didn’t give too many chances. It was faultless apart from trying to nick one and getting bowled. He was heartbroken, the changing room was gutted, and I think, 20,000 people were too.”