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The 'pie' that capped KP's magical Test

The former England star relives his dismissal of Michael Clarke during the 2010 Adelaide Test

It's a match that represented the peak of his international career, featuring an innings that put England on the path to a drought-breaking Ashes series victory abroad, but the 2010 Adelaide Oval Test was also host to one of Kevin Pietersen's most memorable moments with the ball.

And one Michael Clarke would rather forget.

After putting the finishing touches on a career-best 227 to give England to a mammoth 375-run lead earlier on day four, Pietersen might have been forgiven for thinking he'd done more than enough to help the tourists' cause in the second Test.

Double delight: Pietersen celebrates his 200 // Getty
Double delight: Pietersen celebrates his 200 // Getty

But with Stuart Broad going down with what would later be confirmed as a tour-ending abdominal injury and Graeme Swann tiring following a marathon spell with stumps in sight on the game's penultimate day, Andrew Strauss turned to Pietersen.   

While the Pietermaritzburg-born lad had been an off-spinner of some pedigree when he departed South Africa for England a decade earlier, Pietersen had become something of a reluctant bowler.


"I was an off-spinner, then I turned into a batter who ended up not bowling off-spin," he explained to cricket.com.au last summer.

"I didn't enjoy my bowling. I didn’t bowl enough.

"In big boys' cricket I think I saw people hitting off-spinners that far. I wanted to do the hitting. 

"I didn't want to be hit, so I gave that a bit of a wide berth."

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Unable to dodge Strauss' invitation to break a promising stand between Clarke and Mike Hussey, Pietersen, such was his golden touch in that Test, needed just eight balls to put England back on track for a milestone victory.

To the naked eye, it appeared a genuinely troubling delivery.

Initially pressing forward, Clarke pushed back before the off-break turned sharply into him, the ball catching the face of his bat and striking his thigh pad before it ballooned up to Alastair Cook at short leg.

Pietersen doesn’t quite see it that way.

"It was a pie. An absolute pie," he put it bluntly.

'It was a pie. An absolute pie' // Getty
'It was a pie. An absolute pie' // Getty

While he mockingly added that the ball had "dipped, fizzed, spun (and) bounced," Pietersen was laughing by the time he arrived at spin-bowling buzzwords "overspin" and "sidespin". 

Of course, the scorecard reads: 'Clarke, 80; caught Cook, bowled Pietersen', a fact Pietersen admits he hasn’t been shy of reminding the former Australia captain.

Clarke does have some stiff competition for the mantle of Pietersen's most prized Test scalp.

Pietersen celebrates as Clarke departs // Getty
Pietersen celebrates as Clarke departs // Getty

The imposing right-armer also dismissed the likes of Graeme Smith, Ross Taylor, Hashim Amla and MS Dhoni in his illustrious 104-Test career.

But it's unlikely any of Pietersen's high-profile victims are forced to relive their dismissal quite as often Clarke does.

"That's a quite fun experience, sitting in the Channel Nine commentary box, talking to him about that dismissal," a smiling Pietersen said.

"Just when he's getting a bit too cocky and ahead of himself. I say, 'mate, come on'.

"'You got out to an absolute pie'."

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