England's Kevin Pietersen: "Anything can happen"

Pietersen optimistic heading into day four
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Kevin Pietersen says that England are capable of avoiding defeat in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford.

Kevin Pietersen has said that his century at Old Trafford will mean a lot more if England avoid defeat in the third Ashes Test match against Australia.

The Three Lions find themselves on 294-7 and needing to reach a target of 328 runs to avoid the follow-on, but the South Africa-born batsman believes that his side are still in the game.

"I know we're in a spot of bother still but we're 30 behind and if we can bat, just avoid that follow-on and get ourselves back into this game, anything can happen in this fixture still," Pietersen told Sky Sports News.

He added: "[Scoring a Test hundred] is probably one of the best feelings you can have as a cricketer, but it's only a better feeling if it actually contributes something for this team.

"Personal achievements are one thing but this is a team game and if this hundred gets us a draw or gets us a victory at some stage on day five then it'll mean a lot more."

The Aussies declared on 527-7 in their first innings.

Kevin Pietersen of England celebrates his century as Mitchell Starc of Australia looks dejected during day three of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match on August 3, 2013
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