A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Shane Warne believes Kevin Pietersen will benefit under the captaincy of Alastair Cook

Cook and Pietersen have the ability to form one of the greatest partnerships the cricketing world has ever seen

Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne has announced that England batsman Kevin Pietersen will highly benefit under the captaincy of Alastair Cook.

Warne noted that Pietersen and Cook’s match-winning partnership during the second Test against India at Mumbai was just an appetiser of how good the pair can become in the future.

“It really helps Kevin Pietersen to have a captain such as Cook,” Warne wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “This a fresh start for KP and England. If the captain didn’t want him in the team then there is no way he would be back in the side.”

Warne also stated that it was mature of Cook to accept Pietersen’s apology for all of the controversial events he was involved in during the summer.

“It was a good move from Cook to say, ‘You know what, we know we need our best batsmen so forget about everything else’,” Warne added. “It sends a message to the media, all the players and KP: this is a new captain, a new regime and let’s start all over again with a clean slate.

“From my experience of playing with him, Pietersen needs to be made to feel important. If that happens he will give a lot more and Cook has done that by saying, ‘I want KP in the team because he is the top dog’.”

The former leg-spinner further mentioned that whether Pietersen’s team-mates hate him or love him, there is no denying that the South African-born batsman is a world-class player with a lot of firepower and unorthodox shots in his arsenal.

“Cook understands that with KP around, the team are a lot better than without him,” Warne said. “It would have been a very different outcome if Pietersen had been back in England instead of in Mumbai.

“Over the next couple of years that Cook and KP partnership will be crucial. They really look like they have developed a bond and a good working relationship.

“It helped KP that Cook was at the crease when he went out to bat. His mind was scrambled in the first Test and it showed in the way he played.”

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