KP blames dismissal on his helmet

<div>ENGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen declared himself satisfied after the home side ended day one of the first Ashes Test 336-7.<br /><br />Pietersen top scored with 69 as England recovered from slumping to 90-3 before lunch. It might have been even better, had Matt Prior and Andrew Flintoff avoided falling just before the close, but Pietersen refused to dwell on the negatives.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think if you look at the first day of previous Ashes series, we would take 336-7, definitely,&rdquo; said the former captain.<br /><br />&ldquo;Being greedy, you would maybe say you&rsquo;d prefer just five down. But with a wicket that is turning off the straight, I&rsquo;ll take that.&rdquo;<br /><br />Pietersen blamed his departure, when he wildly swept a wide ball to short-leg, on an unfortunate ricochet. He added: &ldquo;If it hadn&rsquo;t hit my helmet I might have got away with it, but that&rsquo;s the way I play.&rdquo;<br /><br />Australia coach Tim Nielsen urged his bowlers to finish England off swiftly when play resumes in Cardiff today. He said: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important not to let them get away, not get another hundred, and limit them to 360.&rdquo;</div>