Kevin Pietersen 158 vs. Australia, The Oval, September 2005

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This was the most significant Slag innings by a Britain batsman since Ian Botham unsettled Australia on the opening day of the 1986-87 arrangement in Brisbane. What's more, it never occurred. At the point when Pietersen turned out to bat on the most recent day of the arrangement in 2005 with Britain requiring an attract to verify their first Slag win in 18 years, Glenn McGrath had quite recently expelled Michael Vaughan and Ian Ringer in back to back balls. His cap stunt conveyance struck Pietersen on the shoulder and bounced back to crevasse - just for umpire Billy Bowden to effectively discount not.

Increasingly strain was to pursue. In the following over, Matthew Hayden dropped an extreme shot at slip as Pietersen, still yet to score, pushed forward apprehensively at Shane Warne. Furthermore, when Warne himself dropped a direct catch at slip when Pietersen, on 15, edged a drive off Brett Lee, it appeared to be clear which side the Divine beings had chosen to favor.

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