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Giles backs England to win Champions Trophy ‘with or without’ star Pietersen

London, Apr 14 (ANI): England’s limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has said that the hosts are in good shape to win the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, despite star batsman Kevin Pietersen’s injury.

Confident that England can achieve Champions Trophy glory with or without Pietersen, Giles said that although Pietersen can provide the X Factor to win tournaments, he is sure that the team led by captain Alastair Cook is capable enough to bring in success should a knee injury deny them their batting star, the Mirror reports.

Although he is hopeful of Pietersen recovering from his injury to play in the tournament being a key player, Giles said that the team needed to be confident without Pietersen, adding that success does not depend on a single player.

Giles further said the squad for the Champions Trophy will have players who will be the best-rounded to win the tournament, adding that it will take a team effort to win such a trophy and different players are going to have to step up to the plate.

According to Giles, although Pietersen can change a game in half an hour, the team also has talented players like Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan, who, he hopes, will be up and firing.

Giles was a member of the England team that was cruelly denied a first global crown by West Indies’ tail-enders the last time the competition was contested in this country nine years ago, the report added. (ANI)