'Dangerous' Pietersen to open in ODI series: Flower

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 08, 2012 06:15 hrs

England coach Andy Flower has confirmed struggling batsman Kevin Pietersen will open the innings during the four-match one-day series against Pakistan.

Pieterson, who scored a meagre 67 runs in six innings during England's 3-0 series whitewash against Pakistan, hopes to regain his form in the one-day series.

"He (Pietersen) is going to be opening the batting for us in this series, and that should be really exciting to watch. We started with him in that position in the World Cup, and unfortunately he got injured and had to go home early. But he showed glimpses of what he could do," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Flower, as saying.

Pietersen has so far scored 3903 runs in 123 one-day internationals.

Flower expressed hope that Pieterson will overcome his lean patch in the one-day matches.

"He's a very, very fine cricketer - a very dangerous cricketer - and someone we'd like to give the option of facing as many balls as possible in the limited-overs game," he said.

"If he stays in long enough, he will win games for us in that position. It hasn't worked out well for him at number four recently, but I'm really excited to see him embrace the challenge of opening," he added.

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