As Kevin Pietersen probably discovered a few hours ago, when you get into the two hundreds your memory can become a little spongy about earlier stages in your innings – you may also become prone to mild hallucinations.
As regular readers know, Third Man is about 290 not out*, having been born in the late 1720s. He was therefore a mere strip of a boy when the Laws were re-written at the Star and Garter during that very fine season of ‘44
‘Lemonade for the Boy,’ had said his Grace the Duke that night, “And bring paper, a quill and ink. We can’t let it happen again.”
So, when Third Man woke this morning and scraped the ice off the time machine to check the batteries and to see that everything was as it should be, he was surprised to find that a few readers had been travelling back to a long forgotten post in the log for the 1st of September, 2010 – Will the Old Kevin Pietersen Please Stand Up.
TM has been banging on about the changes Pietersen had made to his trigger movement which had the effect of surrendering the radical positioning his innovating genius had created for him.
But as this scoring chart for his innings of 213 not out, made in 296 balls identifies, the return to something like his old trigger is getting him on the right side of the ball and producing a 60:40 ratio of on-side to off-side scoring.
This and the use of his huge reach on the front foot meant that, in his first 100 runs, not a single one of them was scored in the quadrant behind square on the off-side.
But TM still thinks that O’Keefe who bowled KP in Hobart (see here) might have posed more problems than poor Master Doherty.
On the other hand, Hauritz, must be walking round Sydney tonight with a smile on his face.
Here at the cottage on the Squire’s estate at World’s End, the worst of the hallucinations seem to have passed and TM can’t for the life of him find anywhere that old mobile phone (pictured at the top of the page) – he must have been dreaming.
*As AE theorized, and TM knows only too well, travelling through time plays havoc with the aging process.