The mollycoddling of Kevin Pietersen…

…is slightly over the top.

It was a magnificent knock from him in the second test, somewhat making up for the two failures in the previous match. It went a long way to winning the second test, in what many consider England’s finest victory in India.

But would it really have mattered a bit what he scored if England’s bowlers couldn’t take 20 wickets?

That’s what won the match. Monty and Swann. The former predominantly.

Anderson and especially Broad, on these last two performances, aren’t going to do much, wicket taking wise. Patel isn’t going to do much and neither is any pace bowling all-rounder. Finn may do more but you can’t see him running through the hosts on the pitches they’ve had prepared. And on the the previous test here it doesn’t look like Swann on his own will either.

Two specialist spinners and a thumping victory where between them they took 19 of the 20 wickets. Somehow these seems like rocket surgery to the England selectors.

Still don’t know who slipped whoever gave the man-of-the-match award a fiver to name Pietersen so he felt loved by his team-mates.

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