England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 3rd day August 3, 2013

Pietersen England's most prolific

Brydon Coverdale and Jarrod Kimber at Old Trafford
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day at Old Trafford

Milestone of the day
When he scored 80, Kevin Pietersen overtook Graham Gooch's record of 13,190 runs in international cricket across all formats to become England's most prolific batsman. The stroke that took him past Gooch, an edge off Peter Siddle that flew to the boundary through vacant third slip, was less than convincing, but reaching the milestone underlined Pietersen's excellent record since his international debut in November 2004.

Non-review of the day
It might not have been intra-squad factional warfare, but Michael Clarke and Shane Watson couldn't come to an agreement when Watson appealed for an lbw against Kevin Pietersen shortly before the new ball arrived. Watson was convinced Australia should ask for Tony Hill's not out call to be checked; Brad Haddin seemed to indicate he thought it was missing leg and Clarke declined to ask for the review. Pietersen had walked down the pitch, so the distance was also a concern, for if he was struck more than three metres from the stumps the decision could not be overturned. But Hawk Eye would have sent Pietersen packing for 62, which left Clarke swearing at himself in frustration when that message was soon relayed from the dressing room.

Legside dismissal of the day
Some bowlers feel the need to attack on or outside off stump. These men are boring. Mitchell Starc sees no need to conform to the normalcies of cricket. With Alastair Cook well set, and seemingly ready for the sort of innings where he grinds down the opposition and fans, it took something special from Mitchell Starc to get him out. That something special was the Starc specialty, the very fast and very inaccurate legside delivery that took the edge of the bat and sailed safely into the Brad Haddin dive. It was similar to the delivery he removed Root with at Trent Bridge. England have plans for a lot of things, this one will be harder to work out.

Miss of the day
Pietersen could easily have been out first ball. Throwing his hands at a wide, length delivery from Ryan Harris, Pietersen was fortune to miss and not gift an edge to Haddin. It was a key moment, for after a nervous first 20 minutes, Pietersen contributed his highest score of the series to date and, while he was never quite at his best, the 23rd century of his Test career was a valuable one for England.

Noise of the day
Ian Bell, too, was somewhat fortunate to get off the mark. Prodding at his fifth ball, Bell was beaten by a fine delivery from Starc outside off stump. While the bowler did not appeal, Haddin was quick to claim the catch but Australia decided against calling for a review. It is unclear how the TV umpire would have reacted had a review been required: there was no sign of an edge on Hot Spot, but the audio replays suggested the ball had indeed clipped the bat.

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  • DaisonGarvasis on August 4, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    The more DRS is in picture the more it gets exposed!!! There is sound on niko but there is no hot spot. There is hot spot but the third umpire didnt see it, there this, there is that and DRS does not work. But ICC wants to implement it!!! What a joke!

  • dummy4fb on August 4, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Cook is consistent agreed but Pieterson always performs when it matters most like M S Dhoni.

  • dummy4fb on August 4, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    "Some bowlers feel the need to attack on or outside off stump. These men are boring." Absolute rubbish! McGrath made a hugely successful career out of this, as did Hadlee, Lillee, Bedser.....etc etc. Much rather see line and length than some of the rubbish the likes of Starc bowl. Yes, yes...so highly entertaining when the big swinging works but it so often does not and the runs flow freely. The sooner we drop this 20/20 rubbish and the stupid adherence to seeing huge slogs and rubbish bowling the healthier cricket will be.

    Money, and the "need" to bring the non-diehards to our game, will eventually ruin our game. Thanks CA for jumping on the rubbish 20/20 bandwagon like the rest of those money hungry, greedy, countries.

  • cloudmess on August 4, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Most prolific run-scorer for England. Ever. Those who constantly seek to knock Pietersen because of a few quibbles about his personality and his "non-Englishness" should keep in mind the substance beneath the surface.

  • jackiethepen on August 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    No, the mic replays did NOT suggest that the ball had clipped Bell's bat. Shane Warne had the audio recording played with the sound turned up and there was not any noise at all of the ball edging the bat. He said it was a mystery. Although there was a sound recorded on Snicko there was no corresponding sound on the audio replay or on the TV replay. Someone suggested foot on gravel, another the flexing of the bat.

  • Optic on August 3, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Funny you guys didn't include the KP dismissal. On review under hotspot, a faint edge appeared on his bat, yet no one seem to notice it in the commentary box or did the TV umpire, which tbf isn't that surprising. Then a few minutes later it was confirmed by Snicko that KP did in fact get bat on the delivery that got him out. I have definitely come to the conclusion the TV umpires are using 14" analogue 1980's TV's to watch the replays on, they must be.

  • dummy4fb on August 3, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    England have the likes of Cookies and the Morgans - the only one who stands as a bridge is KP. KP is beyond records, he sends a signal of chaotic dominance to the otherwise streamlined English cricketing brains. That is what makes him controversial. Reminds me of the Joker loving his creation of "chaos" in Gotham's peace. Nevertheless, love KP :)

  • dummy4fb on August 3, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Pietersen did looked scratchy and was not on his best for much of his innings but in the end he made sure that England keeps on fighting with a marvelous century

  • Vinod_Fab on August 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    KP-- Legend in the making from his 1st test appearance when he thrashed Mcgrath , warne. KP is all set for his 10 years completion in international cricket..What a champion batsman he has been for ENG..He is one of very few to get name,fame and all in his first ever test series.. What Freddie did for ENG in his 10 year career, KP outdid him with his first test series. De magnificient 158 at oval still remains the best ever as far as ENG cricket is concerned.. Hope ENG rotates KP till 2015 WC. I still believes ENG can win 2015 WC.. For that to happen KP should be fit and must be part of ENG 11. Hall of famer and legend from Day 1 of his test and ODI series..

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