February 17, 2009

England in West Indies 2008-09

Pietersen outshone by gritty Collingwood


The slowness of the Antigua pitch made the flamboyant Kevin Pietersen and the gutsy Paul Collingwood bat in similar fashion, says Steve James in the Daily Telegraph.

Pietersen is a genius in the making; Collingwood is a battler always straining at the outermost reaches of his ability. Pietersen smites sixes that take the breath away; Collingwood tucks runs off his legs in the hope that nobody notices. Pietersen is cricket's caviar; Collingwood is about as fancy as egg and chips. But yesterday their differences were barely discernible. They were united in their struggles: not just to stay at the crease, of course- for this is a featherbed- but to find some sort of fluency.

It is a sentiment shared by the Guardian's Vic Marks, who says England's batting in this innings was an odd mirror image of their effort in Jamaica.

In Jamaica Pietersen alone was dominant, while all the rest of the batsmen were nervous and tentative. Here Pietersen scratched around like an old hen, while all the others bar Flintoff have bristled with aggression. He has never enjoyed being one of the pack.

After watching Andrew Flintoff fail with the bat again, Martin Samuel says in the Daily Mail that No. 6 is too high a position in the order for Freddie.


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