KP calls for Twenty20 kick-start
Kevin Pietersen says England need to start getting into a winning habit in one-day cricket with the World Cup on the horizon, starting with a Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka.
England's momentous Ashes victory last summer started with a fine Twenty20 win over Australia, and Pietersen hopes Thursday's match at the Rose Bowl can kick-start this summer.
England were disappointed to draw the Test series with Sri Lanka but hope to wipe the slate clean with a Twenty20 win.
With the World Cup approaching next year, Pietersen says that they need to get into the habit of winning limited overs games.
"We saw that game last year as the start of a big, big summer and one to put over the Aussies in a game where previously the Aussies always targeted us and bullied the English," Pietersen told Sky Sports News.
"And we targeted that game as a game to really get in their faces and have a right go at them and it proved by the way we played that game that it was set up for a big summer, which it turned out to be.
"In one-day cricket it's a case of when you start winning you get into the habit of winning and I think we really do need to start quickly and start learning to win and getting into good habits."
England team-mate Marcus Trecothick agrees with Pietersen and admits that their one-day form has not been up to scratch considering their Test success.
The Somerset left-hander says that they are always trying to improve their one-day game, with an eye already on the World Cup.
"We've all seen the stats and we play in the games, and we've all played enough times to understand that we haven't played as well as we have in Test matches," said Trescothick.
"It's something we're always trying to assess and make sure we keep on top of and keep an eye on and make sure we're improving our one day cricket as we're not far away from the World Cup."