England coach Andy Flower has put his star batsman Kevin Pietersen on notice, urging him to control his temper before and during the World Twenty20 final against Australia.
Pietersen, who travelled back to London for the birth of his son and returned in time to score an unbeaten 42 from 26 balls in England’s semi-final win over Sri Lanka on Thursday in St Lucia, is known to have a short fuse.
Pietersen knows that Australia is gunning for him.
Pietersen was seen giving his teammates stick for their sloppy fielding during the Sri Lanka match, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
“There is a fine line between demanding high standards of your fielders which is a healthy place to be for a side and then stepping over that line into a petulant world, and a world that damages the team in any way,” Flower said.
“We are constantly on at our guys to stay the right side of that line,” he said.
Flower said he was always confident Pietersen could skip a game in the Super Eights and slot neatly back into the side without drama.
“We were quite lucky with the way it fell but I suppose we got two good results in the first two Super Eights games so we made our own luck,” he said. (ANI)