Kevin Pietersen feels that England need to bond well in Australia
The former England International Kevin Pietersen feels that the England players should be given the freedom to do things according to their choices in and out of the field if England has to beat Australia later this year and retain the Ashes down-under.
Notably, English all-rounder Ben Stokes got involved in a brawl in the streets of Bristol last month which led to his arrest and suspension. Pietersen, who has been a part of Ashes six times, was sacked by England Cricket Board (ECB) following England’s 5-0 defeat in Australia in the 2013-14 season, despite being the top-scorer of the team.
The right-handed batsman further added that England would miss the service of all-rounder Ben Stokes terming him as a ‘massive player’. Talking about Stokes Peterson said, he can bowl at 140km/hr, will give you wickets at important situations and can score 100 runs off 70 balls and if needed can score 200 runs in 200 balls. Most importantly, he will take catches standing at the slip of the spinners. Keeping in mind that a player doesn’t make the team, but England will surely miss a player of that stature, feels Pietersen.
Recalling the Ashes days, Pietersen while talking to ESPNcricinfo, said:
“When we had the great tour Down Under in 2010-11, we had the most incredible couple of nights out at the start of that tour, which brought the team so close together,” Pietersen told ESPNcricinfo in an exclusive interview. “Before the 2013 trip, we were talking about having similar nights out to get the team bonded, but obviously it was too intense going into the 2013 series and those sort of opportunities didn’t present themselves – or weren’t allow them to present themselves – which caused issues. I know that it sounds so stupid, but if you go and get hammered as a team on a night out – as senior and junior players – so long as you don’t do something ridiculously stupid, the bonds you can create there are better than any ridiculous sessions you can do in the forest in Germany. Those are the little bits and pieces of cricketing nous and sense of understanding a team that was good on that tour but horrendous in 2013-14.”
The need for England to strengthen their bonds is due to their inexperience’s in the team specifically in the batting order. Petersen feels that apart from Joe Root and Alastair Cook, England has a relatively weak batting line-up. He admitted that opening pair with Cook worries him, no 3 worries him and he believes that Root should bat at first down, five and six gives him reasons to panic if Stokes can’t make it to the squad. Kevin Pietersen, who has been to Australia recently, feels that the Aussie side is pretty confident about their chances of winning back the urn.
Kevin Pietersen has represented England in 104 Test matches scoring 8181 runs with a healthy average of 47.28. He also played 136 ODI scoring 4440 runs with a highest score 130 runs.
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