Pietersen fined for speeding
Cricket: Kevin Pietersen, who scored 227 in England's Ashes Test win in Adelaide after a long trough of form, was fined yesterday for speeding in a bright yellow Lamborghini.
The two events were not necessarily connected, but it was an uneasy juxtaposition: the main man, the perceived big ego, gets runs at last and immediately celebrates by burning it up on the Aussie highways.
At the very least it smacked of English triumphalism, which was in turn the very last thing the touring team wanted to exhibit. One up, three to play, achieved nothing yet, has been the mantra all week since their defeat of the home side by an innings and 71 runs in Adelaide. Not only that, but the team vehicle sponsors are Jaguar.
The Australian media took it as a sign that the Poms had already wrapped up the affair and were ready to party. Pietersen had taken delivery of the car the previous day after its loan had been arranged by his friend, Shane Warne.
Pietersen was fined $239 (€180) on the spot for driving at 121 kilometres an hour (75mph) in a 100kph (62mph) zone.