Pietersen has expressed doubt over the England’s bowlers ability to stop such an onslaught. Kevin Pietersen smacked a 47 balls hundred against England that helped West Indies to win the match by six wickets.
Pietersen, who has not been selected for the World T20 despite a superb record in the shortest format, has suggested England’s bowlers’ lack of experience in Indian conditions was telling in their six wickets to the West Indies
A rampant Gayle tore apart England’s bowling attack, smashing a brutal 48-ball unbeaten hundred to help the Caribbean side past England’s total of 182 with 11 balls to spare.
Pietersen also questioned why England captain Eoin Morgan only bowled leg-spinner Adil Rashid, tipped by many to be England’s most important bowler for the tournament, for two of his possible quota of four overs.
“The only thing England should be concerned about is their bowling,” Pietersen said on Sky Sports after the match.
“Why did Adil Rashid only bowl two overs, for example, and who is England’s other death bowler, besides Chris Jordan, who is brilliant at it.”
“They haven’t played cricket in India, though, and only Eoin Morgan has played in the IPL. That’s a huge thing and it showed when Joe Root said 180 was a par score. It wasn’t.”
“He now has the ability to bowl his googly and leg-spinner a little bit quicker,” Pietersen said.
“He was previously a bit one-paced with his leg-spinner and his googly wasn’t as quick but now he varies his speeds and bowls both balls at the same pace, so you have less time to pick them as a batsman.”
With Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Steven Finn all missing, England’s World T20 fast-bowling stocks are notably lacking experience.
None of the four selected specialist quicks – David Willey, Jordan, Reece Topley and Liam Plunkett – have played more than a dozen T20 Internationals and only Jordan played in the 2014 edition of the World T20.