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Three Is A Magic Number

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Apparently Kevin Pietersen spends most of his time on tour holed up in his room. Mainly he’s on the phone home to his wife Jessica, but I’m guessing that perhaps once a day he jams his face up against a mirror wondering if his goatee will ever grow upwards to unite with his sideburns and create one giant superbeard.

I’m assuming the major topic of conversation between the couple at the moment is a) the Bangladeshi team selection for the first test b) Pietersen’s turgid form c) the baby. In that order.

If ever a squad was chosen in order to provide a full body massage to an opposing individual’s ego then the Bangladeshi fourteen is it – bringing back two slow left-arm cast-offs  into the fold to join Shakib Al Hasan as a three-pronged ‘let’s get Kevin Pietersen out’ attack.  

There are many ways England can counter this. You could drop Pietersen in a do-or-die how do like them apples cutting off your own nose to spite your face kind of a way. Or Pietersen could change up into permanent switch-hitting mode and just play them as a left-hander. Which would be the ballsiest thing I’ve ever seen on a cricket field.

Or you could fly selector Ashley Giles over to bowl at Pietersen in the nets and give him a bit of practice. Apparently this has already been mooted by the management, but it was decided that the Alastair Cook bowling left-handed would provide the same sort of test.

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Written by harrisharrison

March 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

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