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Antigua lights concern Pietersen

Stanford Super Series, Antigua
All games start at 2130 GMT (BBC commentary details in brackets):
27 Oct: Trinidad & Tobago v Midd'x (BBC London website/5 Live Sports Extra)
28 Oct: England v Trinidad & Tobago (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
30 Oct: Stanford Superstars v Middlesex (BBC London website)
1 Nov: Stanford Superstars v England (BBC Radio 5 Live)

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen may draft in a spinner against the Stanford Superstars

Kevin Pietersen says he is concerned about the lighting in Antigua ahead of England's $20m showdown against the Stanford Superstars on Saturday.

England narrowly beat Middlesex in their opening match of the Stanford Super Series on Sunday, but the game was littered with dropped catches.

Poor visibility was a worry for the England captain, with the players practising in the field after the game.

"I am as concerned about the lights as I am about the wicket," said Pietersen.

England could only muster 121-4 from their allocated 20 overs on a slow wicket and the lights provided a further worry for Pietersen who is keen to avoid a situation where a player is responsible for a key dropped catch against the Superstars.

"It is the same for both teams and that is why I had the boys out in the dinner break and after the game.


"We spent 20 minutes doing that at the end, there aren't going to be many opportunities to catch, so we will do it again in the break and at the end of the game against Trinidad [on Tuesday] because it is a huge factor.

"There could be someone under a $20m catch on Saturday."

Pietersen also admitted he may have to re-think his line-up for Saturday's multi-million pound encounter after the performances of Middlesex spinners Shaun Udal and Murali Kartik, who stifled England.

It was widely expected that England would stick with the team that claimed a 4-0 one-day series victory over South Africa in the summer but, after having to bowl four overs himself, Pietersen admitted he could draft in a spinner - opening the door for Graeme Swann.

"It's definitely something to consider," he said.

"I am not good enough to bowl as the second spinner so it is an option we will think long and hard about.

"It was not probably something I was thinking too much about at the start of the tournament but having watched the last two fixtures it would be stupid of me not to have a look at it."

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see also
England see off Middlesex threat
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Middlesex ready to punch weight
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Stanford Super Series fixtures
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