Century Man: Pietersen at Lord's
Published: 20 November 2013
As Kevin Pietersen prepares to play his 100th Test match for England in Brisbane, Lords.org looks back at his finest moments at the Home of Cricket.
After bursting onto the scene in 2005 as the hot young thing, complete with a 'skunk' hairdo and enough bravado to smash Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath for sixes as he compiled twin 50s on debut, Pietersen has become one of the most successful Test batsmen at Lord's.
Pietersen sixes on Lord's debut
With five Honours Board entries, Pietersen stands just one behind Michael Vaughan and two short of Graham Gooch's batting record of seven.
His highest entry of 202* in the 2000th Test against India in 2011 stands as testimony to both his ability to score heavily and to do so on the big occasion. In the battle for Test number one, it was a stunning effort, starting patiently and ending with a ferocious bang - his first half century took 136 balls, the last just 25.
Pietersen's Lord's record
Pietersen's sense of theatre was also to the fore three years earlier when he made a sparkling 152 in 181 balls in his first Test innings against South Africa in a drawn Test, and his treatment of Murali during a knock of 158 in 2006 also stands out.
Off the field, he was all smiles at a Lord's press conference in 2008, when he was announced as Michael Vaughan's successor as captain.
That sadly became a short-lived adventure and one of the lowest moments of Pietersen's career - perhaps only surpassed by England arriving at Lord's during South Africa's next visit without their star batsman, following the text-gate debacle.
KP at Lord's - in pictures
But as the man David Lloyd described this week as the finest English batsman he has seen approaches his special landmark, he appears rejuvenated and with eyes on another three years in an England shirt to take in the next ICC World Cup and another visit of the South African's.
And if he lives up to that promise, it seems hard not to see Pietersen etching his name on the famous Lord's boards numerous times in the future.