KP’s fore­cast is a runs feast

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER -

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

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