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England debutant Tom Westley’s shot-making brio illuminates grey Oval day | Barney Ronay

New No3 strokes the most elegant England cover drives since Ian Bell in a cameo display likely to have won the approval of Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen announced recently that he needed to watch a batsman for only five minutes to know if he could not just play but play, if he truly deserves – the implication was left hanging – to inherit the England shirt worn with such distinction by KP himself. In which case Pietersen will have feasted hungrily on the brief but wonderfully luminous glimpses of Tom Westley’s shot-making brio during a damp, grey, gripping passage of Test cricket on a rain-ruined third day.

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