When you watch Alistair Cook bat you have to admire his grit, determination and concentration. You enjoy his resilience, the ability to churn out runs, even though its not the prettiest to watch. Kevin Pietersen’s batting is different, it can be astonishing.

The phenomenal talent (as well as the hard work he puts into pratice) has been used to tremendous effect in Adelaide over the last couple of nights. He has simply anihilated the Aussie attack.

This was a confident Pietersen, who put right a long run without a ton with a tremendous double. A quick 70 was not what England wanted, and he went big to deliver. England scored at five an over for much of yesterday, and KP could have been much closer to 300 had rain not washed out the entire final session.

Ryan Harris aside, who managed to trouble Pietersen with a couple of new ball bouncers early on, none of the Aussie bowlers could contain him. Bollinger looks well short of his best, and the overs of toil put in at Brisbane must be affecting Siddle.

Australian bowling attacks very rarely get put to the sword as they have over the last couple of tests. They are pretty much used to having things their own way. Xavier Doherty – who can only have been picked because the Aussies think KP is poor against left-arm spinners – is having a far tougher baptism than probably any other Australian bowler in history.

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