KP grateful for support

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Following England's victory over India, Kevin Pietersen praised the England players, management and fans
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Following England's victory over India, Kevin Pietersen praised the England players, management and fans

Kevin Pietersen thanked the England players, management and fans as he firmly re-established himself in the line-up with a match-winning century in the second Test against India.

Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 wickets between them as England chased 57 with a minimum of fuss. But the victory was built on the first-innings centuries from Alastair Cook and, in particular, man of the match Pietersen, whose 186 was his first major contribution since his return to the team following the much-publicised troubles of the summer.

"Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management for sorting everything out," he said. "Every day you put on an England jersey is a special day. We are so privileged as England cricketers with the spectators that travel around the world with us, they are purely magnificent."

He added: "Without their support we can't achieve things."

Pietersen said he thought his innings was his best for England.

Asked where he placed the ton among his record-equalling haul of 22, he said: "Now that we've won, probably at the top. Yesterday I said we needed to win the match and Test hundreds feel a lot better when you win.

"Panesar, Swann were outstanding in that second innings. Cookie is a magnificent cricketer - he'll break every England record for Test hundreds and career runs.

"What a difference a week makes. The boys came to Mumbai, they worked hard, they trained hard, they backed themselves and there's a good united spirit in that dressing room which is magnificent."

It was an impressive way for England to bounce back from the nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad in the first Test.

Captain Cook said: "It was a tough week at Ahmedabad and the character we showed today and these last three days has been fantastic. I just can't fault the effort from the lads and the performance they've put in these last four days."

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