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May 04, 2014 at 05:30pm IST

Virat, Pujara will be key for India in England, says Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen said the performance of Indian batsmen, especially Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be critical to the side's chances during its lengthy tour of England, come this summer.

Pietersen played a key role during the last series in 2011 when he set the tone for England's 4-0 whitewash with a double century in the first Test at the Lord's, three years back.

Terming India's batting line-up as one of the best in world, Pietersen said "It's going to be a fantastic series. England are rebuilding, while India have got incredible batting talent."

Virat, Pujara will be key for India in England, says Kevin Pietersen

India will be playing five Test matches from July 9 to August 19 in England, which will be followed by five ODIs and one T20 International. (Getty Images)

"They have got Pujara, Virat and Murali Vijay and all of them have the technique to score runs in England. It will be important that they score runs otherwise it will be a problem," he said.

India's tour to England fours years ago ended in humiliation and they will look to do better this time around.

"The last time the problem was that only Rahul (Dravid) got the runs. But India's batting is very good and very talented."

India will be playing five Test matches from July 9 to August 19, which will be followed by five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20 International.

As far as the England team was concerned, the 33-year-old Pietersen said the hosts will mostly miss the services of retired off-spinner Graeme Swann.

"England are definitely going to miss (Graeme) Swann. He had the ability to take many wickets in the first innings and could smash through a batting order in the second," Pietersen, who is leading Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing IPL, said.

In a surprise decision, Swann announced his retirement in the middle of the Ashes series in Australia last winter.

Asked about the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Pietersen said all teams have a good chance.

"All the teams have a good chance. The batting wickets are just fantastic in Australia. They will need to make the most of the conditions," Pietersen said.

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