Juggernaut Pietersen rolls on, yet England cannot win
England lost the final match of the one-day series after yet another century by Kevin Pietersen
, who should perhaps now be called an alchemist, given that he currently averages 140 at a strike-rate of 100
after eleven one-dayers. Yet, England have not won a single game in which he has scored a century so far
. His average, so far, is the highest anyone averages after nine one-day innings
I watched some highlights from the game this morning. It certainly seemed to me that he is a very
powerful hitter and can score quite quickly
. However, the line and length South Africa's bowlers served up to him was quite crappy. I know I didnt catch the entire game, but the highlights seemed to indicate that he was hardly ever given anything short of length. They kept bowling up and he kept swinging them over the infield. I'd be interested in seeing how he fares when an opponent has now analyzed his game threadbare and comes up with a plan to get him out or restrict him.
To me, asking for his inclusion in a test match
in the Ashes is a tad too early.
Tanya Aldred writes about what Pietersen will encounter
when he plays at home and her last line is quite true.