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Pietersen considers changes against India

November 19, 2008 10:15 IST

England captain Kevin Pietersen is considering changes to his line up for the third one-day international against India on Thursday, with bowlers Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom both in contention.

Nottinghamshire team mates Swann and Sidebottom both last played a one-day international in the final match of the series against New Zealand in June.

"There's food for thought there definitely, but we'll just wait and see," Pietersen told the England and Wales cricket board website ( ahead of the match in Kanpur.

Swann could partner Samit Patel to provide England's spin option while Sidebottom, who has been suffering with prolonged Achilles problems, would be a contender to take the new ball.

Despite trailing India 2-0 in the seven-match series, Pietersen is confident his side can resurrect the form that saw them comfortably beat South Africa 4-0 in the five-match one-day internationals in September.

"I just think we can be competitive and keep improving to get closer and win a couple of games," he said. "We want to try to win this series because that's what we're here to do."

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