In the classic movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is faced with a problem.
Trying to make a run for it he is intercepted by an intimidating swordsman doing tricks with a sword that the hat and whip had no chance against.
So Indy pulled out a gun and shot him.
But what has that got to do with cricket?
The lesson is simple; don’t bring a sword to a gun fight.
The opposition bowler has the tools to get you out; swing, seam, bounce movement or pace.
But if you bring your ‘gun’ everything is in your favour.
Nothing can intimidate you.
And the gun you bring is your technique honed with hard, deliberate practice.
It’s your experience at facing any kind of bowling and having a method to counter attack.
It’s something Kevin Pietersen has become a master at, ever since he scored one of the finest counter-attacking innings in the last Test of the 2005 Ashes.
If you want to know how he goes about it then get involved in Keep Calm and Smash It, the insightful look at the methods of the England man.
It’s the gun you need to bring to every sword fight.