Pietersen’s 142

A remarkable day’s cricket today, memorable in so many ways. To start with, I don’t think Kevin Pietersen has played a more attractive or extraordinary hundred for England. His 158 at the Oval last year was special, but today’s contained shots the calibre of which few can dream of. The outrageous flicks from off to leg (usually for four); the clever use of his crease, changing the bowlers’ lengths; and that reverse-swept six, off Muttiah Muralitharan of all people. It was an innings of impossible courage and rare skill, and a complete joy to watch.

I wrote some things about him and Murali’s battle, which is a certain highlight of the summer so far.

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