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December 5, 2010

KP goes nuts in Adelaide

Posted on 05/12/2010

With rain threatening to ruin England's chances of victory after a dominant start in Adelaide, Telegraph columnist Geoffrey Boycott reckons England need to get 400 runs on the board before declaring.

Another cracking day of England’s batsmen putting Australia to the sword. At no time were the Australian bowlers ever able to exert any pressure on England’s batsmen. Kevin Pietersen played superbly. A controlled, clinical batting display and then once he got his century dismissive aggression just took the game away from Australia.

I wish he would play like this more often. He didn’t give the bowlers a chance and he would be an even better player for England and himself. Paul Collingwood played a nice little cameo innings and surprised us all when he got out. Ian Bell was just smoothly elegant before the rain came.

Although time can be made up we have to keep in mind that this is a really flat nothingness pitch, and it could be difficult for England to get 10 wickets.

But the way Australia are playing, I still think England have a good chance of winning. I would get a lead of 400 before declaring. Wickets with the new ball will be priceless and then Graeme Swann has to get in on the act.

Meanwhile in the Observer, Vic Marks believes Kevin Pietersen is England's terrifying weapon again, while in the Independent Stephen Brenkley sings the praises of opener Alastair Cook, who he claims has found the recipe for success as Australia go completely to pot.

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