LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 12 November 2009 51 EXCLUSIVE LONDON LITE READER OFFER Claim your special offer at www.metcardxtra.co.uk/lite *Restrictions apply see www.metcardxtra.co.uk/lite for details. EXCLUSIVE OFFER 19.95 (RRP 74.95) M etcard Xtra gives you either FREE or 2 for 1* entry into over 100 of Londons best Entertainment Venues; including Apollo Cinema, Comedy Cafe, Ministry of Sound, all major West End plays & musicals, plus 2 for 1 dining at leading restaurants. You can use your membership as often as you like, and youll save big money on entry fees each time you go out, so your membership can pay for itself after just one night out! GET LOADS OF DISCOUNTS ON ENTERTAINMENT WITH LONDONS ULTIMATE GOING OUT CARD! ANGER Pietersen tells Trott to do the things he failed to do in 2005 BY NEAL COLLINS KEVIN PIETERSENS first task on arriving in South Africa? Offering a little advice to the other bloke in the England squad with that dodgy aksent, Jonathan Trott. KP, off the crutches he used for weeks after the mid-Ashes operation on his right Achilles, flew in late to join the tour in Johannesburg and said: Ive just caught up with Trottie and asked how everythings been so far -- he said it had been great. I had a long chat with Jonathan in the dressing room after the Ashes, talk- ing about the little things I didnt do when I first came into the England side thatperhapshecoulddo--totrytostop him making the mistakes I made. Pietersen (left), 29, doesnt like to be reminded of his attitude when he first appearedforEnglandagainsthisformer homeland in a stormy series in 2005. The unrepentant manner and the multi-colouredskunkhairstyledidnt godowntowellwiththeoldguardatthe ECB -- and South African fans were only too happy to jump on the band- wagon, heckling the Pietermaritzburg- born batsman with some relish. Both the hair and the mood are much quieter now as Pietersen recalls: Dont remind me. I was 24, still growing up and I was having a great time, fresh and buzzing. I hadnt had many knocksalongtheway.Inthelast few years Ive grown up, got married and am a lot more mature. This year has been like never before but its all part of devel- opment and learning. Its been a fantastic ride and I want to jump back on now. I have identified the next four or five years to get back on that treadmill again. Its been a horrible year but I can turn that around by playing some great cricket against SouthAfrica.Iloveplay- ing here. The wickets are good and its a fantasticcountry.Its a recipe to make runs. And old foe Trott? Ive heard hes been fantastic in the dressing room and there will be no problems between us. Yes, we were opponents growing up in South Africa but thats because he playedforWesternProvinceandIplayed for Natal -- they were big rivals. That rivalry will pale into insignifi- cance at the Wanderers bull-ring on Friday night, venue of the first Twenty- 20international--andtheopeningclash of a battle between England and South Africa which will run until the end of the fourth Test, back in Johannesburg, in mid-January next year. Pietersen wont play on Friday unless the injuries pile up but he adds: It was prettyhostilefiveyearsago,butIvebeen backfortheTwenty20WorldCupandthe IPL and had fantastic receptions. Hope- fully they respect the cricket Ive played in the last five years. What happened to me at the Wander- ers in 2005 will come up over the next couple of days and if Trotty wants to talk about it Ill help in any way I can. But I wont force myself on him. Ive thought about how the crowds will be this time over here. All our efforts have to go on beating South Africa, not wor- rying what anyone else says. It doesnt bother me how the South African crowds react. Whatmightbotherhimismischie- vous spinner Graeme Swanns suggestion earlier in the week that Pietersen may struggle to break into a side which blasted through their open- ing games in some style. But after the crashing defeat against South Africa A in Bloemfontein on Tues- day night, Pietersen grins: Ithinktheteamlookslike theyre really on fire out here. I m v e r y encouraged. NEALCOLLINS willbejoiningthe Englandtournext month.Readhis dailyblogfrom SouthAfricaand expressyour viewsonthe toursimplyby loggingonto nealcollins.co.uk Old Trafford ready for makeover LANCASHIRE have submitted their planning application for the next stage of a multi-million-pound re-development of Old Trafford and the surrounding area. It is hoped the proposals to Trafford Council -- part of a 50-acre project at the ground and nearby -- will include a Tesco store with approximately 100,000 square feet of retail sales floorspace to provide more than 500 jobs, half of which would be guaranteed for the local long-term unemployed. Estimates are that the development will bring at least 70m of investment into Trafford. Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes said: Its a time right now of fierce competition for the rights to stage Test Matches, which has seen the ground lose the Ashes this year. The investment will ensure Old Trafford regains its place on the Test Match circuit in time. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Rebuilding process: Old Trafford is desperate to regain its Test match status Please tread carefully: Jonathan Trott in training this week as England prepare for tomorrows Twenty20 born batsman with some relish. Both the hair and the mood are much Dontrecalls:Pietersenasnowquieter remind me. 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