He’s back and will be chuntering like a rabid badger on crack to prove a point. A point? what point?! His point?!? God and He Himself only knows. What can be determined, however, is that The Howitzer from Pietermauritzburg (TM wrong’un) has been ‘formally re-integrated’ into the squad, which one imagines and indeed hopes is doublespeak for the better phrase of ‘told to get on with things’. The end of a sorry saga, an albatross airbourne again; England’s strongest middle order weapon re-wielded, India in it’s sights.
It is unfair on the likes of Eoin Morgan, Johnny Bairstow and James Taylor to expect them to potentially rock up at 4, 5 and 6 and blitz India on the subcontinent. The burden of a KP-shaped albatross necklace hanging from their unproven necks, surrounded by the fire of their desire – yet unable to use it; bound to a rock by the wire from KP’s sunglasses, liver akimbo for the Indian eagle. In this circumstance, it is perhaps unfair for KP to then return as the hero, but between him, Alastair Cook, the England players and the ECB, someone has played the Hercules role and given England a chance of success next month.
As in the legend of Prometheus, what they do with that chance is yet to be actuated. The point is, England need their best to have even a hope in India, and now they have it. With Ian Bell to return home for the birth of his first child at some point, the return of Pietersen simply had to happen. A top six including just two regulars was something uncontemplatable. Just childishness and grudgery could have stood in the way of a return, and it speaks volumes that it might well have done so.
Now England just need to pray to Zeus that from a population of over 1.2bn, India do not have a slow left armer…