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Kevin Pietersen Picks His England Openers for Sri Lanka Tour 

Kevin Pietersen Picks His England Openers for Sri Lanka Tour
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Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen never mines his words. So, when it came down to the discussion over picking the openers for England in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, he had his views clear.

Joe Root and his men will travel to Sri Lanka as per their next schedule. The opening spots are up for grabs too see Pietersen voicing his opinion.

Kevin Pietersen,
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Pietersen picks his opening batters

According to Pietersen, Surrey opener Rory Burns can fit into the challenging role of facing the new ball. He praised Burns and added the batter could be a long-term solution for England’s opening woes.

With Alastair Cook retiring from international, the Three Lions will miss the service of the most prolific run-getter in whites.

Keaton Jennings managed only 127 runs in four Tests against South Africa. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Jennings’ poor-run opens the door for others

On the other hand, Keaton Jennings‘ poor run with the bat further raises doubts over his place in the XI. It eventually means the selectors for England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will have to sit and take a call on the openings slots.

Jennings didn’t score a single fifty in the entire season and failed to provide starts for the team.

Rory Burns plays a shot. Source: Getty Images

Pietersen on the fresh pair:

Flamboyant Pietersen said that he would be delighted to see Burns open the innings with stylish and explosive batter Jason Roy.

“It’s brilliant that Rory Burns is predicted to go on the tour of Sri Lanka. That’s going to be wonderful. I like Jason Roy. He has oomph, he has got guts and has got runs at the top of the order in Australia (in one-day cricket).” he said.

Kevin Pietersen also went on to say that it is the attitude that makes the difference. However, looks hopeful for England against Sri Lanka.

“It’s about how guys score their runs and what their personalities are like. I’d be all for Roy at the top of the order with Rory Burns,” Pietersen concluded.

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