10 May 2010

Pietersen's departure gives Black Caps helping hand

5:55 pm on 10 May 2010

The departure of batsman Kevin Pietersen from the England side has boosted the New Zealand cricketers hopes of making the semi finals at the Twenty-20 world cup in the Carribean.

The Black Caps play England on Tuesday morning in St Lucia and need to win the game by a good margin to guarantee themselves a semi-finals berth.

Pietersen was key to England's win over South Africa in their match but has returned to England for the birth of his first child.