Yeah? Maybe? Dunno really.
England have long known that one-day openers are better off being twat-it-around batsmen. They haven’t fully embraced this though. They tend to pick their second or third best twat-it-around batsman for the job. Preferably the wicketkeeper.
Why not do the job properly? If you want a twat-it-around meister opening the batting, pick your best one. Plonk Kevin Pietersen there and see what his girder arms and oddly twisty torso can do.
We once suggested that Andrew Flintoff should open the batting in one-dayers. Some of our reasons for saying that are equally applicable to the use of Pietersen.
We’re not saying they’re particularly good reasons. We’re more remarking that they were once said and could, at a push, make a case for something happening that is happening anyway no matter what our thoughts on the matter might be.