Marcus Trescothick: KP and Trott must swap one-day positions

Kevin Pietersen must bat at three in England’s one-day line-up when we take on India in a potentially thrilling series of 50-over games in September.

Jonathan Trott showed just how good he is at knocking the ball around in the middle of the innings when making 72 in the series-clinching victory over Sri Lanka at Old Trafford.

But I believe the low risk strategy he adopts is much better suited to a number four batsman in the 50-over format and that putting Pietersen at three would give him licence to hit the ball over the top when the field is up.

KP likes to dominate the bowling and that is easier when fielding restrictions are in place. By adding his power to that of Craig Kieswetter at the top of the order, England could allow Alastair Cook to play more of an anchor role, looking to bat through the innings.

Eoin Morgan is capable of adapting his game to whatever role the situation demands at number five and after Ian Bell I would have either Ravi Bopara or Samit Patel at seven, rather than Tim Bresnan or Stuart Broad, who I see at eight and nine.

There isn’t a lot more I would change because I thought England did well to beat Sri Lanka. I would definitely have Jade Dernbach in the 12 because he demonstrated a fantastic slower ball to get the key wicket of Angelo Matthews at Old Trafford before finishing the game with a great yorker.

We will need to step up our game a notch against India because they are not world champions for nothing and I can see it being a close and exciting one-day series.

If you look at the five games against Sri Lanka, England won two in seaming conditions and found it harder on the flatter pitches, which we are not as good on.

The last win, however, was achieved on a wicket tailor-made for the opposition and was therefore the most impressive. So England can feel they progressed over the course of the series and take confidence from that.

Going into the series I felt Cook had something to prove to justify his place in the 50-over team, let alone being captain, because he hadn’t played that much one-day cricket.

But he batted fantastically well against Sri Lanka, opening up and playing positive shots. I thought his innings at Trent Bridge, in particular, where he really belted the ball, provided the perfect answer to his critics.

He has been in good form all summer, but the desire he showed to keep scoring runs under immense pressure showed he has the mental toughness as well as the ability to be a top one-day international player.

My Somerset team-mate Kieswetter grew in confidence as the series progressed. He also played very well at Trent Bridge and I thought his 43 at Old Trafford was a little gem of an innings because he played his big shots, but also rotated the strike nicely to keep the scoreboard ticking.

The game was won by the opening stand of 85 with Cook. Even though we slipped to 95 for 3, we were still ahead of the game at that point and it allowed Trott and Morgan time to rebuild.

Kieswetter is crucial to England’s hopes of fast starts in the power play overs because he can hit over the top and I hope he and Cook are given time to develop what looks a very promising pairing.

Overall, I think England still have to work out a strategy for playing on the flatter pitches around the world. But, with home advantage, I believe we can push India all the way.

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