Australia were under the cosh as they have not been in a home Test for decades. For the best part of three days England had been remorseless, until the rain swept in after tea to finish play for the day. Runs flowed: 132 from 26 overs in the morning as the new ball was summarily dispatched and a further 102 in the afternoon. It seemed as if the only way Australia would gain some respite from the pounding of the England batsmen was from the sky.
But by then Kevin Pietersen, batting supremely well, had hit 31 fours and a six in reaching 217, to be within nine runs of his highest Test score, made against West Indies at Headingley, and England were 551 for four. That this is the precisely the number of runs that England had when Andrew Flintoff declared here four years ago might be seen in some quarters as an omen but that would be extreme straw-clutching: when the abandonment came England already had a first innings lead of 306.
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