How Pietersen dominated Warne
Kevin Pietersen versus Shane Warne has been a battle to savour ever since the two clashed for the first time in a Test at Lord's in the 2005 series. Pietersen managed 48 from 63 balls in that match, and has since then had the upper hand over Warne. Their head-to-head stats reveal that Pietersen has scored 230 runs off Warne in 347 balls, and has been dismissed just three times. That gives him a superb average of 76.67 against Warne, and a scoring rate of 3.98 runs per over.
Pietersen's strategy against Warne has always been based on aggression, and it was no different on the first day at Adelaide. On a first-day pitch, that was a sensible strategy too, as it allowed England to wrest the initiative after Australia had choked the runs through the first couple of sessions.
Other stats highlights
1.89 - Paul Collingwood's scoring rate against Glenn McGrath in all Tests. In 95 balls from McGrath, Collingwood has only scored 30 runs, but importantly, he hasn't been dismissed even once
4 - The number of half-centuries for Ian Bell against Australia in 13 Test innings. The highest of those scores, though, is only 65
8 - The number of times, out of 13 innings against Australia in Tests, that Andrew Strauss has fallen for less than 25
20.45 - Ian Bell's scoring rate against Shane Warne (9 runs in 44 balls) in his 60 on the opening day at Adelaide. Kevin Pietersen, on the other hand, milked Warne for 29 from 42 balls
131 - The number of dot balls in the first session on the opening day, which converts to nearly 22 out of the 28 overs before lunch
S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo