“Jennings Can’t Bat, Broad Doesn’t Perform Overseas” – Pietersen Wants Duo Out for Sri Lanka Tour

Stuart Broad. Picture: AFP

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen needs the selectors to drop opener Keaton Jennings and pacer Stuart Broad from the Check squad that can journey to Sri Lanka later this yr.Jennings has solely scored 486 runs in 12 Assessments and had a horrid dwelling sequence in opposition to India the place he solely managed 163 runs at 18.11. Now that England’s most prolific opener Alastair Cook dinner has retired from worldwide cricket, Rory Burns and Joe Denly are the opposite openers who’re being regarded as prime contenders.

”Jennings cannot bat, I am sorry,” Pietersen instructed talkSPORT. “They will have to seek out any individual else. Cook dinner is an enormous loss. I do know he has been wishy-washy over the past couple of months however he completed on a fairy story ending, which is sensible for him however to interchange that type of man on the prime of the order, it will be tough.

“I simply do not see county cricket producing Check cricketers in the mean time. The difficulty is deep-rooted. All the very best gamers on this planet now should not enjoying county cricket. They’re incomes their money in franchise cricket. Due to this fact, the usual of county cricket is not nice, the usual of county batsmen is poor, and it’s inflicting an enormous problem in cabs on the rank for batting locations.

“I am not an enormous fan of Vince, if I am sincere. He had his probabilities. I watched him play down below final yr. He performed properly, however I simply did not like the way in which he went about his enterprise on a few events when the ball began to bounce. For the tour of South Africa subsequent yr, the ball will bounce.”

England additionally tried Moeen Ali at No. three within the ultimate Check in opposition to India however Pietersen felt it restricted the 31-year-old all-rounder from enjoying his pure recreation. “I do not suppose Moeen Ali is a quantity three. He wasn’t enjoying his pure recreation [against India], he’s extra free-flowing down the order,” he identified.

“I like Jason Roy. He has acquired oomph, he has acquired guts, he has acquired runs on the prime of the order in Australia. He scored that sensible 180 on the MCG. It’s about how guys rating their runs and what their personalities are like. I’d be all for Roy on the prime of the order with Rory Burns.”

Pietersen mentioned he would additionally drop Broad from the squad contemplating right-arm pacer’s poor report in subcontinent. Broad has solely picked up 20 wickets in 10 Assessments within the subcontinent at a mean of 48.10.

“I’d have dropped him final winter,” mentioned Pietersen. “He would not carry out that nicely away from dwelling. He had one good Ashes sequence and what he delivered for England within the massive Ashes sequence final yr was hopeless. I have been on excursions of the sub-continent, he would not like touring the sub-continent so it would not shock me and it could be an excellent transfer in the event that they dropped him.”

On being requested if James Anderson is England’s finest ever cricketer, Pietersen mentioned: “I wouldn’t say he’s the perfect simply because he has bowled most of his overs in England with the Duke ball and if you wish to be a quick bowler wherever it’s with the Duke ball in England.

“I talked about Alastair Cook dinner the opposite day saying he deserves the fairy-tale ending. He has performed 160 Check matches and has needed to face a model new Duke cricket ball in opposition to a number of the finest bowlers on this planet for 12 years. He deserves that fairy-tale ending. Jimmy Anderson, on the flipside, a beautiful bowler, he is among the finest and going through him within the nets was an absolute nightmare. His wrist place, the way in which he swung the ball, he’s great. Is he the very best? I don’t know.

“Greatest are the blokes that did nicely within the sub-continent, did nicely in Australia. I feel that’s the mark of the very best. However he’s proper up there, his numbers show that.”

England will play 5 One-Day Internationals, a one-off Twenty20 Worldwide and three Assessments in Sri Lanka in October-November earlier than travelling to West Indies for a virtually two-month lengthy tour. They’re additionally scheduled to play limited-over video games in opposition to Eire and Pakistan forward of the 2019 World Cup.


First Printed: September 14, 2018, 11:58 AM IST


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