In a classy, unfussy and chanceless innings, Pietersen plundered runs rather than stole them – 213 and counting when the rain came to give Australia respite.
One sequence saw Doug Bollinger given a seven two offside field but Pietersen dismissively flicked him to the midwicket boundary for two fours with his trademark flamingo shot.
When Peter Siddle replaced him, Ponting, changing tack, put two men behind square for the hook. But when Siddle banged it in short, Pietersen pulled the ball so cleanly, neither of the boundary runners could prevent the boundary toll mounting.
There wasn’t even a jitter against Xavier Doherty, the left-arm spinner supposedly hurried in to the Australia squad with Pietersen’s weakness against his ilk in mind.
Full analysis: The Telegraph