Exactly 12 years ago, former England batsman, Kevin Pietersen, scored his maiden Test century against Australia at Kennington Oval, London. The situation in which he made his century and its consequence is what makes this innings a memorable one.
From the past 18 years, England had not won the Ashes. With 2-1 up in the series, they had a chance to put an end to the hiatus. Having secured a paltry first innings lead of six runs, England were reduced to 67-3 during the last session on the fourth day. Glenn McGrath had dismissed Michael Vaughan (45) and Ian Bell (0) on successive deliveries. Pietersen was in to face the hat-trick ball. Australia had got the opening they were looking for. Tensions were mounting.
Wickets kept falling at regular intervals on the other end. Pietersen for dropped twice, too, once by Matthew Hayden and once by Shane Warne. But, he was determined, determined for his maiden hundred. Ashley Giles (59) showed a lot of resilience. His 109-run partnership with Pietersen was vital on day 5 as it shifted England to a position from where they couldn’t lose the match.
Pietersen ended up scoring 158 (187) with the help of 15 fours and seven sixes. His innings was proved to be detrimental for Australia who had no option than to win the match to retain the Ashes. Watch the full video of Pietersen’s innings: