I wouldn’t have picked Stokes as captain : Pietersen

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen said that he wouldn’t have picked Ben Stokes to lead the team for their upcoming Test series against West Indies. The former skipper feels that Jos Buttler would have been a better choice in place of Stokes.

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England will return on cricket after a long break due to COVID-19 pandemic. A three match test series which will be start in Southampton on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes will be leading the team in absence of Joe Root.

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“I wouldn’t have picked Ben Stokes to stand in for Joe Root as captain, I would have picked Jos Buttler. Stokes loves the crowd and he’s a proven performer in testing conditions with a lot of energy around him. These will be testing conditions, but there will be no energy at all. That’s something that the players will have to generate for themselves,” he told Betway.

“He’s also the best player in the team. Is the best player always the best choice as captain? I’m not so sure. I can speak from personal experience. As soon as you are named captain, your responsibilities change and the dynamic completely changes,” he added.

The England skipper feels that said responsibilities that come with being captain might be too much for a player who already does so much for the team and not aware of the things familiar with him.

“He could face a little bit of animosity from certain sections of the dressing room if he asks people to do something they don’t want to, or makes a couple of unpopular decisions,” Pietersen said.

“He will have to do a lot more press and will face a lot more scrutiny. That’s not necessarily fair on somebody who already does so much for the team,” he added.

The series between England and West Indies will take place in a bio-secure environment in order to stay away from any kind of physical contact for ongoing pandemic.

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