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