Former England skipper Michael Vaughan had previously opined that Tom Baton is a bit like Kevin Pietersen, but England’s assistant coach Graham Thorpe feels it is too soon to compare Banton with veteran Pietersen. Banton showed a great display hitting 71 off 42 balls in the first T20I against Pakistan, which was abandoned due to rain. In the second match which England won he could only score 20 runs off 16 balls and was sent to pavilion by Shadab Khan.
England won the second T20I against Pakistan by 5 wickets chasing their 195 total with 5 balls left. The three lions had won the toss and chosen to field. England now lead the T20 series 1-0 with one match left to play.
“It’s very early to compare Tom Banton to Kevin Pietersen”: Graham Thorpe
Michael Vaughan had laid praises on the young England opener Tom Banton and said ‘he is a bit like Pietersen’. The comparisons have been shunned a bit by England assistant coach Graham Thorpe, who says it is too early and Banton needs to be comfortable and under no pressure to develop at his own pace.
“It’s very early. Let him (Banton) be comfortable in the environment he’s in and let him develop at his own pace as well. “He is certainly talented, and you can tell he’s very hungry. It’s always pleasing when you see someone perform on the big stage as a young lad.” Graham Thorpe as reported by AFP
England need to play the strongest side in competitions to get ready for T20 World Cup in 2021: Graham Thorpe
England have played a completely fresh side in the T20I series than the one they fielded in the test series, because of the pandemic. Thorpe echoes skipper Eoin Morgan’s opinion that they need to play their best players the most to have them get used to the setting of the team and be ready for the World Cup in India in 2021.
“Obviously they’re unusual circumstances this summer. It is important for the T20 side as well as the one-day side to try to get the strongest team out, so players do get used to the positions we want them to bat in.” said Thorpe
“You also want, if people get injured, people who can come in to those positions. If you can step up and put in performances like that, you’ll certainly create competition for the squad.”he added.
In the three-match, T20 series England now lead 1-0 with one match left to play on Tuesday at Old Trafford. Explosive batting form Jonny Bairstow, skipper Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan helped England easily chase Pakistan’s total of 195 in 5 balls less.