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Swaggering KP won’t be denied

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were desperate to get Kevin Pietersen out on Monday morning in Adelaide, but
flicking to an image of Shane Warne on the sidescreen he was facing seemed a
step too far.

score standing at 551 in the morning, the same total England declared on before
losing four years ago, may have been enough to give KP the shivers but the
sight of the legend who memorably bowled him around his legs to set up
Australia's famous win as he was taking strike four years later, might have
sent a mere mortal over the edge.

than the red ball, though, Warne was holding the apparently sensational
McChicken sandwich. Cowers suspects that even for a man who may have
misinterpreted the film Super Size Me as a design for life, Warne flings the
offending item crashing into a bin like he used to send leg spinners into Daryl
Cullinan's stumps once the cameras are off.

wasn't the most troublesome image on view at the Adelaide Oval, though.

that dubious honour fell to a St George's flag with the inscription "Born,
live and die in Leamington." Cowers might yearn for nothing more than a
lush, green field, but if proof were needed of the Barmy Army's barminess...

of the travelling fans, they were at their best today buoyed by the return of
Jimmy Saville to their ranks. The Adelaide Oval may be the closest ground to
Lord's for beauty and surrounding grass area but they could take a leaf out of
HQ's stance on bringing drink into the ground. Apparently that's what
yesterday's sweep of the hill was for.

was turfed out either due to breaking these rules, or for sitting on someone's
shoulders depending on reports. Either way, at the risk of a cattle prod Cowers
would say the South Australia constabulary could do with lightening up.

As if
the day couldn't get better for KP, after passing his milestone for a top
score, beating the 226 he scored against the West Indies at Headingley in 2007,
he ended with the wicket of Michael Clarke. His fifth Test wicket - and a
crucial one, turning a good day for Australia into a much more worrying one.

As well
as putting England within two wickets of Australia's tail - which has been
T-Rex like in its length - an extra indication of how big that wicket could be,
is that Clarke's average in the second innings against England stood at over
100. It's now reduced to a shabby 98.

said, Adelaide are predicted to get their usual quota of December rain in the
next 24 hours. A chastening tale to those like the Cow who have been counting
his calfs and considering the series all but won already. If the driest venue
can come to Australia's rescue, they have someone working for them. Pity their
bowlers aren't.

Man of the day: Kevin Pietersen. Graeme Swann said that KP had
been chirping about his all-round talents all through the day, duly delivering
the prize scalp of Clarke. The swagger is well and truly back.

Shot of the day: A beautiful straight drive from Shane Watson
off James Anderson. There was no swing for the king of England's bowlers this
morning and boy did he suffer.

Stat of the day: 1137 for 6 wickets. England's batting
statistic since the second innings in Brisbane began.

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