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Player power harms English cricket
February 09, 2009

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England's humiliating first Test defeat to West Indies has raised the question of whether the team can handle pressure and particularly if they can cope when top batsman Kevin Pietersen fails.

When Pietersen was dismissed on Saturday, beaten by a dream delivery from five-wicket Jerome Taylor, England collapsed and there are some who fear that when the South-African born batsman fails, England might fear they will fail too.

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    West Indies won the series opener on Saturday by an innings and 23 runs after England were skittled for just 51 in their second innings, their third lowest total in all Tests.

    And the basic issues England team are the over-dependence on a player (Pietersen) and the absence of authority at the heart of the team.

    Photographs: Reuters

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