Pietersen says only England can dig itself out of its present mess

England batsman Kevin PietersenLondon, Mar. 29 : England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that while he accepts that there has been a fall in standards, the dreadful run of results associated with the team during the tour of the Caribbean, can only be blamed on England and no one else.In an article for the News of The World, Pietersen said: "At the moment, being part of the England squad is a pretty damn lonely place to be. We don''t need anybody to tell us how dreadful we were on Friday or how it''s vital we salvage something from these last two games.

We realise that every time we get together as a group. It''s our responsibility to put it right, nobody else''s. There''s nobody who can dig England out of this hole except ourselves."

"Now, though, it might be that I have to change my approach a little. Everything that has gone on this winter has just intensified the pressure and the expectation and it''s become mentally gruelling and tough to keep doing the same things," he adds.

"Look at Australia. They went through a huge period of self-doubt when all the legends and great players left the side and suddenly they didn''t seem so invincible. They lost a home Test series for the first time in years and were criticised heavily. But they regrouped, they dug deep and bounced back. That''s exactly what we have to do, starting today," he concludes. (ANI)