x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Kevin Pietersen's 'tache exploits a good sign

Whisper it if you are an England supporter, but he may have just relocated his batting mojo, judging by his form in England's win over Western Australia in the opening tour match.

When Kevin Pietersen first broke into the England side in 2005, he was quickly labelled a peacock because of his preening self-confidence and his look-at-me haircuts.

Time and experience - not to mention the fact Jessica, his wife, prefers him to wear his hair short - have since dulled the exuberance of his personal grooming.

However, judging by his latest incarnation in Australia ahead of The Ashes, Pietersen is ready to be centre of attention again.

England's star batsman has grown a moustache for charity this "Movember". The growth under his nose means he now bears a striking resemblance to the 13th Duke of Wybourne, from the BBC comedy programme The Fast Show.

He looks like he is ready for a hedonistic feast on some unsuspecting Australian bowlers, after which he will say in a caddish voice: "Bowling short at me? With my reputation? Has no-one thought of the consequences?"

He predicted on his Twitter page that he will have to be "gutsy" this month, not because of the test facing him and his England colleagues in the middle, but because of the abuse he is going to get for his 'tache.

The fact he is up for the challenge bodes well for the touring side. A (relatively) introverted Pietersen is no good for anybody.

Whisper it if you are an England supporter, but he may have just relocated his batting mojo, judging by his form in England's win over Western Australia in the opening tour match.

He top-scored in the first innings, and his cameo in the second set up a rare tour match win for the touring side. It is time for the peacock to flare his train again.

pradley@thenational.ae