LONDON – Kevin Pietersen believes the fearless brand of one-day cricket England have played under Eoin Morgan means they can win the World Cup for the first time.
England, who launch the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday, have transformed their approach to the one-day international game under Morgan and coach Trevor Bayliss since their embarrassing first-round exit at the 2015 edition.
“When you are allowed to fail, you can play some unbelievable sport,” former England batsman Pietersen, one of the most talented run-scorers of his generation, said at the official tournament opening in London on Wednesday.
“That is what Morgan and Bayliss have done.”
The former England skipper praised Morgan’s leadership.