Pietersen set for World Cup opening role

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KEVIN Pietersen is set to stay at the top of the order for the remainder of the World Cup.

That appears to be the plan after he was promoted to open the batting in the first warm-up game against Canada this week.

He will stay there for the second warm-up match against Pakistan today and even if he fails, it seems unlikely England will then chop and change further as the next match is their opening fixture in the World Cup against Holland next Tuesday.

Pietersen said the performance against Canada, which they won by 16 runs, was a case of getting used to the conditions.

“I don’t think we were relaxed,” he said. “We were just trying to get used to conditions.

“We’ve come from three months in Australia which was in totally different conditions, on different wickets, with different outfields It’s does take a little bit of time to adjust.”

Stuart Broad, whose return to action after his abdominal injury saw him take 5-37, says he was delighted to be back playing and felt fit and very fresh.

“Naturally I was a bit stiff but I’ll be fine for the Pakistan game.”

Yorkshire’s Ajmal Shahzad played, and took two wickets, having recovered from the leg injury he suffered in the ODI’s in Australia.

Captain Andrew Strauss was at last night’s World Cup opening ceremony which was held in Banglaldesh.