Former England captain Paul Collingwood has lashed out at the England selectors for leaving out All-Rounder Ben Stokes from the 15 member World Cup squad. Stokes was dropped from the team after some poor performances with the bad in Sri Lanka as he scored only 22 runs in 2 innings batting at number 8. But after he was asked to bat at number 5 for the England Lions against South Africa A, he scored a 86 ball 151 a couple of days ago.
What England did with him is like telling Cristiano Ronaldo to play at right-back. He could have won England the World Cup, said Collingwood on referring to Stokes’ being used at a strange position for him.
The thing that frustrates me is that England were batting him in the number eight position. You’ve got to play him in the right position whether that be four, five or six and allow him to win games from that position. You’ve got a guy here who – if he comes good, he could win, you the World Cup. He could have won three or four games. By himself, Collingwood added.
Stokes scored 151 sixes in his destructive innings which included nine sixes off the last 14 balls he faced. Stokes said, I didn’t come here with a point to prove to anyone. I just came here to make my game better and I think it’s worked. Every cricketer has his day and I think today was mine. Things didn’t go well in Sri Lanka, which had a big impact in World Cup selection, but I’ve been given a chance at five and hopefully, later down the line, I’ve proved I can get some runs up the order.
The only way Stokes can come into the team is by someone in the original squad getting injured.