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Gooch urges patience for misfiring KP

ENGLAND batting coach Graham Gooch insists he is not losing any sleep over Kevin Pietersen&rsquo;s sluggish return to the international arena.<br /><br />Pietersen is yet to post a big score since making his comeback from an Achilles injury, plundering just 85 runs from his five innings in South Africa.<br /><br />Such form is a far cry from the swashbuckling performances that typified Pietersen&rsquo;s ascent to the status of England&rsquo;s top batsman.&nbsp; <br /><br />But Gooch, who recalls his own fallow spells on the way to becoming the country&rsquo;s highest ever run scorer, has not been surprised by the Hampshire man&rsquo;s form.<br /><br />And, ahead of the upcoming Test series against the Proteas, he believes it is only a matter of time before South Africa-born Pietersen is once again racking up the boundaries with devastating regularity.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think with any player, whatever their ability level, if you&rsquo;ve been out of the game with injury, you&rsquo;ve got to work hard to find your way back both mentally and physically,&rdquo; said former England captain Gooch, who was brought back into the national set-up last week.<br /><br />&ldquo;Kevin has been a super performer for England since 2005. He&rsquo;s been a match-winner, and I&rsquo;m sure he will continue to be a match-winner. But, if you&rsquo;ve been off for a while, it takes time.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not easy to just get yourself back into it. But, in his case, he&rsquo;s been the mainstay of the England batting over the last four years, and I would expect him to continue.&rdquo;