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David Lloyd: Kevin Pietersen is a genius

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: Atherton is right, KP is a genius… but Monty and Co proved England can beat India at their own game

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13:13 GMT, 25 November 2012

Atherton right on the money when it comes to KP

Michael Atherton used the word and he is completely correct – Kevin Pietersen is a genius.

India did not bowl badly and the pitch is still doing plenty but it was simply magical batting on an enthralling day.

And do not forget Alastair Cook’s magnificent innings, the captain has been terrific in this second Test.

Genius: Kevin Pietersen was in dazzling form in the Mumbai Test

Genius: Kevin Pietersen was in dazzling form in the Mumbai Test

Is Pietersen worth all the trouble Well, let’s put it this way.

There had been a breakdown between him and the team. They went to see a marriage guidance counsellor but there was still an uneasy truce at Ahmedabad.

However, they are now on speaking terms again in Mumbai and, after this brilliant innings, KP is back in the bedroom!

Monty proves why he should always be considered

After the KP and Cook show it was ‘over to you Monty’. And he gets a massive tick after becoming the first English spinner since Hedley Verity in 1934 to take 10 wickets in a match.

He is a Test match bowler, simple as that, and England have to find a way to get him in the team all the time.

Shoo-in: David Lloyd believes Monty Panesar should be played in all conditions

Shoo-in: David Lloyd believes Monty Panesar should be played in all conditions

That would mean Matt Prior batting at six and playing three seamers (pick three from Anderson, Broad, Finn and Bresnan) and two spinners.

But we’ve got to get Monty playing in all conditions. He’s got Tendulkar out twice and has bowled out India in India. He’s some performer.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves…

Finally a word of caution. We are English after all and always fear the worst.

England were bowled out for 72 in the UAE earlier this year and do not want to be chasing anything in three figures.

But they should win and it will be a case of India being beaten at their own game after winning the toss.

Don't forget: Alastair Cook also put in a stellar display at the crease

Don't forget: Alastair Cook also put in a stellar display at the crease

Smoking in football: Former Liverpool physio gives Sportsmail his insights

Insight into smoking in football: Why it remains the great taboo

Smoking is still the great taboo among elite footballers in this country. It really is frowned upon.

I’ve known players who like the occasional cigarette. There were one or two at Liverpool but I think it was more about trying to look cool on a night out than a habit. I’ve seen the odd cigar, too.

Enlarge Billy Bremner smokes John Osborne

Match of the day: Billy Bremner lights up (left) and West Brom’s John
Osborne smokes on the pitch (right)

But I’ve never known an international footballer smoke five or six cigarettes a day. If they did, they kept it hidden from the coaching staff. I’d say it’s very rare for a Premier League footballer.

If you smoke five or six cigarettes a day between the ages of 15 and 25 then, beyond this, there will be a definite change to the way your lungs and bloodstream work.

Having a smoke: Mario Balotelli and friend puff away (above) and Gianluca Vialli enjoys a cigarette (below)

Having a smoke: Mario Balotelli and friend puff away (above) and Gianluca Vialli enjoys a cigarette (below)

Gianluca Vialli smokes

For a box-to-box midfielder this will have quite an impact on your game. It might not be as noticeable if you’re a goalkeeper or a playmaker who walks around when he’s not on the ball.

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Smoking away: Ashley Cole inhales (left) and Ipswich players break outthe Woodbines (below)

A soak and a ciggie: Ipswich Town players relax after a game

Smoking goes against the grain of everything you’re trying to do as an athlete.

I’d expect professional clubs to work hard to stop these habits, using nicotine patches or a counsellor to help wean the player off cigarettes and find out why they needed them in the first place.