KP’s big tip for struggling Stars
RETIRING great Kevin Pietersen insists Melbourne Stars can win their last six games to storm into the Big Bash League finals, despite slumping to 0-4 with a crushing derby loss to the Renegades.
Pietersen, 37, said a herculean individual effort against the Strikers at Adelaide Oval could turbocharge the worst start to a Stars season in the tournament's seven-year history.
The Englishman requires 36 runs to become the second player to score 1000 runs for the Stars, behind compatriot Luke Wright (1468 runs).
Pietersen has blasted nine half-centuries and scored the most runs since he joined the franchise four years ago, imparting valuable knowledge on emerging Aussies including Pete Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.
"I've played in too many of these franchises around the world over a number of years and sometimes you get on a roll winning and sometimes you get on a roll losing," Pietersen said.
"It can change with one innings, it can change with one spell of bowling. Somebody with the form and the class in our dressing room can change a season around.
"It's very easy to sit in a press box or a commentary box and say it's doom and gloom and this can't happen.
"Believe me, I've played in tournaments around the world and it can take one bloke to change things around.
"We could go to Adelaide and somebody could get 120 off 60 balls, or somebody could get 5-20."
The Stars sit on the bottom of the BB: adder and will lose legspinner Adam Zampa and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to Australia's ODI squad after Tuesday's clash against Adelaide.
But Pietersen said expectations remained high and that would drive the green team.
"It can happen, I've seen it that many times in my career," Pietersen said.
"We get to finals every single year and there is a lot of expectation because it is the Melbourne Stars.
"It's great to play with that expectation - I've done that my whole career."
Pietersen is one of six Stars coming out of contract and revealed after the derby loss that this summer would be his last.
The veteran has committed to playing Twenty20 cricket in Pakistan and South Africa this year in what will be his final tournaments.