KP’s forecast is a runs feast
KEVIN Pietersen says Australia or Pakistan could steal England’s thunder by scoring a world record 500 runs in front of a capacity crowd of just 8000 in the tiny town of Taunton tonight.
But that prediction looks unlikely because of poor weather and boundaries that have been extended to almost match those of the MCG.
The hype over a 500-run game is fading with batsmen led by Glenn Maxwell declaring World Cup pitches are much trickier to bat on then they anticipated.
England’s 6-386 against Bangladesh the highest score after 15 games.
A forecast of 13C and rain tonight threatens to deliver a third — or potentially fourth — washout in less than a week. Pietersen said Taunton County Ground, which has hosted just four ODIs, was so small when he last played there it was easy to clatter sixes.
“The straight boundary is about 3m away from where the bowler is,” Pietersen said. “If it was the old ground I would say yes, you could get easily get 450 or 500 at Taunton, but I don’t know. I think they might’ve spun the wicket around since I’ve played there.” is