KEVIN PIETERSEN claims he would NOT have picked Ben Stokes to deputise for Joe Root as England cricket captain.
The previous star batsman believes wicket-keeper Jos Buttler would have been a better option to fill in for the primary match of the Take a look at collection in opposition to West Indies tomorrow.
Ben Stokes will skipper England’s Take a look at facet within the absence of Joe RootCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Former batsman Kevin Pietersen suppose Jos Buttler ought to have been given the nod as an alternative
Expectant dad Root will miss the primary sport of the three-match collection, with the 29-year-old leaving England’s biosecure bubble to be on the beginning of his second baby.
Vice-captain Stokes will take the reins with worldwide cricket set to renew in England for the primary time since play was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Stokes loves the gang, and he’s a confirmed performer in testing circumstances with a variety of power round him.
“These shall be testing circumstances, however there shall be no power in any respect. That’s one thing that the gamers should generate for themselves.
“He’s additionally one of the best participant within the staff. Is one of the best participant at all times the only option as captain? I’m not so positive.
“I can communicate from private expertise. As quickly as you might be named captain, your obligations change and the dynamic fully adjustments.
“It’s not about Stokes being a celebrity batsmen or taking very important wickets, it’s about how he manages individuals.”
Pietersen was briefly England skipper
Pietersen flopped throughout a five-month spell as England skipper after being appointed in 2008 and fears Stokes might additionally run into hassle.
He added: “He might face a bit of little bit of animosity from sure sections of the dressing room if he asks individuals to do one thing they don’t need to, or makes a few unpopular selections.
“He should do much more press and can face much more scrutiny. That’s not essentially truthful on someone who already does a lot for the staff.
“I’m not saying that he’s going to a nasty job, it’s simply going to be attention-grabbing.
“I’ll add, if you’re provided the captaincy, then there isn’t any manner you may flip it down. It’s an ideal place to be in and I want him all one of the best.”
Joe Root’s No2 Ben Stokes will lead England
Stokes was reinstated as vice-captain over Buttler earlier than final summer time’s Ashes collection after he pleaded with ECB CEO Tom Harrison to be given again the position.
Buttler had taken over from Stokes as Root’s No2 when the New Zealand-born star was sacked after an incident outdoors a Bristol nightclub in 2017.
Coach Chris Silverwood mentioned he’ll do a “nice job” as a result of he’s a “talisman who leads from the entrance”.
Stuart Broad backed Stokes to return good as skipper
Bowler Stuart Broad hailed his colleague’s credentials and mentioned: “I’ve little doubt he shall be sensible at captaining England.
“Stokesy simply has a extremely good cricket mind. He’s somebody who’s matured extremely during the last three or 4 years.”
With the backdrop of Covid-19, England’s gamers shall be confined to their staff resort and unable to go to household or mates.
“I’m really very glad I am not a participant this summer time – I do not suppose I might have been capable of take care of it,” Pietersen defined.
“Gamers normally have their households, their brokers and their sponsors. They’ll get out and play golf. There may be at all times one thing happening.
“Being caught with one another goes to be testing for the gamers. I would not have been capable of get my head round it.
“It’s so vital to have the ability to get away from the sport due to the stresses and strains that it locations in your thoughts and physique.
“The novelty of this example would possibly exist for the primary Take a look at match or two, however being caught with one another in a resort goes to be fairly testing by the tip of the month.”