Wellington: England batsman Kevin Pietersen is on track to play the second Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve starting Thursday, if signs of his practicing with team-mates is any indication.
Pietersen scored 0 and 12 in the Dunedin draw and spent time off the pitch during New Zealand's innings having treatment to his right knee, but trained with his team-mates in Wellington on Tuesday with heavy strapping around his right knee.
Should Pietersen not play in Wellington, the reserve batsman Jonny Bairstow would step in to England's XI.
Meanwhile, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond was confident that the pace trio of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee would be up for bowling a lot of overs during the second Test after a heavy workload in the first Test. The three pace bowlers sent down 114 of the 170 overs in England's second innings and Bond was uncertain as to which of them would need to bowl into the win at the Basin Reserve.
"We always knew the guys are fit, and can bowl a lot of volume, we just need to make sure they are fresh and ready to go. I thought we bowled our best on day five even after a day in the park. I was pleased with that," said Bond. "All three aren't used to bowling into the wind, so hopefully we'll get days where it isn't too windy. But it's something you also have to think about when you go back to domestic cricket; bowl some spells into the wind to prepare yourself for this level."