Pietersen ensures other issues are mere footnotes
The squad England's selectors will announce today for the last-ditch defence of their World No 1 status at Lord's ought to be entirely predictable and uncontroversial.
The only complication to be resolved should be which seamer — it will not be a batsman, unless England rip up their long-trusted template — makes way for the return of off-spinner Graeme Swann.
Kevin Pietersen, however, has ensured that such finer details will be relegated to mere footnotes.
His is the only name that will count for millions when they get their first glance of the 13 read out by national selector Geoff Miller.
Pietersen’s bizarre press conference after his man-of-the-match performance in Leeds has meant - not for the first time, but just maybe the last — he alone dominates all discussions about English cricket.