The party in question is one where international cricketers score runs. Pietersen had been absent from said party since the tour of the West Indies last year. Of course, all the old excuses were there, he was still getting ready, he’d lost his invitation, but he’d be there soon, he was sure of it.
And yet the likes of Stuart Broad, Imran Farhat and Harbhajan Singh managed to get there before him in that time. Hopefully they left him some of the metaphorical buffet of runs for the future.
Nevertheless, better late than never, KP wasn’t going to let the opportunity of a good batting track and some indifferent bowling/fielding pass him by this time, and he’s currently 213 not out, a score he might add to unless Andrew Strauss declares in the morning.
One can only hope that he kicks on from this and goes back to being like the cricketer he was before the whole breakdown in relations between him and Peter Moores after the tour of India in 2008.
He didn’t say anything daft in his interview with Nasser Hussain at the end of the day either. That’s a start.