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Pietersen wants changes in SL tour

England’s former captain and middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen suggests a new top order combination for England and wants to drop a star fast bowler for the Sri Lankan tour.

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England have tasted a big Test series victory against no.1 ranked Test team India few days back by beating the visitors 4-1. Even though the English line up had some inconsistency, they managed to defeat the visitors comfortably in four games of the five match Test series.

After tasting a sweat series victory in home, a major challenge is on the way for English men. Straight after the end of Asia Cup, Sri Lanka will host England for five ODIs, one T20I and three Tests. The three Test matches will be a big challenge for English men because of their weakness against spin bowling.

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Ahead of Lankan tour England’s former captain and middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen wants some major changes in England squad. After Cook’s retirement there is a big question raised on the opening combo of England. The English player wants a new top order combination and he don’t suggest the current opener Keaton Jennings for Sri Lankan tour.

“Jennings can’t bat, I’m sorry,” Pietersen told talkSPORT. “They are going to have to find somebody else. Cook is a big loss. I know he has been wishy-washy over the last couple of months but he finished on a fairy tale ending, which is brilliant for him but to replace that kind of guy at the top of the order, it is going to be difficult.”

Simultaneously he criticizes the current stand of County cricket and not impressed the selections in to national side by considering the County cricket.

“I just don’t see county cricket producing Test cricketers at the moment. The issue is deep-rooted. All the best players in the world now are not playing county cricket. They are earning their cash in franchise cricket. Therefore, the standard of county cricket isn’t great, the standard of county batsmen is poor, and it is causing a massive issue in cabs on the rank for batting places.

 

“I’m not a massive fan of Vince, if I’m honest. He had his chances. I watched him play down under last year. He played nicely, but I just didn’t like the way he went about his business on a couple of occasions when the ball started to bounce. For the tour of South Africa next year, the ball will bounce.”

 

He further pointed out that Moeen Ali should bat at lower order which will allow him to play his natural game. “I don’t think Moeen Ali is a number three. He wasn’t playing his natural game [against India], he is more free-flowing down the order.”

 

In the bowling department, the middle order batsman wants to drop England’s star bowler Stuart Broad asthe fast bowler has poor records in sub-continent. “He doesn’t perform that well away from home. He had one good Ashes series and what he delivered for England in the big Ashes series last year was hopeless. I’ve been on tours of the sub-continent, he doesn’t like touring the sub-continent so it wouldn’t surprise me and it would be a very good move if they dropped him.”

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