Pietersen wants win to go with ton
Reaction from day three of the third Ashes Test.
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen admits his splendid century on day three of the third Ashes Test against Australia will mean very little if it comes in a losing cause.
Despite Pietersen's 23rd Test century, England still have plenty of work to do after closing on 294 for seven, still 34 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on after Australia had amassed a mammoth 527 for seven in the opening two days.
Pietersen, however, is bullish about his side's prospects and has refused to rule an England victory out of the equation at Old Trafford, even if a draw would be enough to retain the Ashes following victories at Trent Bridge and Lord's.
The 33-year-old led an occasionally charmed life in his innings of 113 and admits his three-figure score will only be fondly remembered if England can avoid defeat in the remaining two days.
"It's (scoring a Test hundred) probably one of the best feelings you can have as a cricketer. But it's only a better feeling if it actually contributes something for this team," he said on Sky Sports Ashes.
"Personal achievements are one thing but this is a team game and if this hundred gets us a draw or gets us a victory at some stage on day five then it'll mean a lot more.
"The runs are runs. Today's gone, tomorrow's another day, you start on nought and I just want - and the team would like - Matty (Matt Prior) and Broady (Stuart Broad) and Swanny (Graeme Swann) and Jimmy (James Anderson) to go and dig in tomorrow and I think we can do that.
"I know we're in a spot of bother still but we're 30 behind and if we can bat, just avoid that follow-on and get ourselves back into this game, anything can happen in this fixture still."
Pietersen came to the crease with England in trouble on 64 for three, although his stand of 115 for the fifth wicket alongside Ian Bell (60) helped ease the pressure somewhat.
The South Africa-born batsman insists he did not feel tense due to the situation and believes the wicket is still a good one to bat on.
"You've got to assess the wicket, not the situation. You can't decide what kind of shot you're going to play before you play it," he said.
"It wasn't the quickest of wickets but it was a lot more true than Lord's and a lot more true than Trent Bridge. It was really nice to bat on.
"It's certainly still a good enough wicket to bat on and score runs."