Bell playing down expectation levels after Pietersen’s century lays down marker for Test series

England's Kevin Pietersen bats during a practice cricket match against Haryana in Ahmadabad, India

England's Kevin Pietersen bats during a practice cricket match against Haryana in Ahmadabad, India

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England are hoping Kevin Pietersen’s fresh beginnings bear plenty more fruit after he rubber-stamped his ‘reintegration’ with a heartening century.

Pietersen breezed to an 86-ball hundred, one of six England batsmen to find it relatively easy going against a largely inexperienced Haryana attack, in the tourists’ final warm-up match before next week’s first Test.

The consequence by stumps at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground was a commanding total of 408-3.

 

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