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Kevin Pietersen calls for Ben Stokes to stop giving his wicket away

Kevin Pietersen claims Ben Stokes is ‘too good a player to slog himself out’ after the England captain’s reckless innings against India…

  • Ben Stokes was busted for 25 after mis-timing a race against India on Sunday
  • He has now been similarly sacked in his last two Test innings
  • Stokes was also dropped twice before finally getting caught at Edgbaston
  • Kevin Pietersen thinks Ben Stokes gives away his wicket too easily
  • Pietersen wants Stokes to think about the fold like Jonny Bairstow

Kevin Pietersen believes Ben Stokes is too good to keep giving away his wicket after being caught in the trot against India midway through the second innings on Sunday.

In the third Test against New Zealand, Stokes mistimed a drive by Neil Wagner and was caught by Kane Williamson, and he did the same this time at Edgbaston, with Jasprit Bumrah making a brilliant catch to sack him for 25.

Stokes had already been dropped twice in his innings and Pietersen has called on him to re-evaluate his method against seam bowling by pulling a leaf from Jonny Bairstow’s book, which once again flourished in the morning session.

Ben Stokes gave away his wicket on Sunday with a reckless shot against India

Ben Stokes gave away his wicket on Sunday with a reckless shot against India

Kevin Pietersen feels he is too good to give away his wicket by hitting the ball in the air

Kevin Pietersen feels he is too good to give away his wicket by hitting the ball in the air

“I would say to Ben Stokes that he doesn’t have to prove a point by being ultra-aggressive,” Pietersen told Sky Sports.

“Ben Stokes has this aura that when he runs for the wicket, the bowler has to bowl his best deliveries to get him out. And sometimes their best deliveries, they know, are beaten for four and sometimes for six.

“What I see in Ben Stokes right now is someone who is the captain, the leader, and he’s trying to enforce some kind of authority by running on bowlers.

Ben Stokes can stand still and do what Jonny Bairstow is doing here today. He doesn’t have to run to bowlers, he doesn’t have to lose his head, and he doesn’t have to splatter balls in the air when England is in all kinds of fights.’

Pietersen wants Stokes to dwell on the fold like the in-form Jonny Bairstow

Pietersen wants Stokes to dwell on the fold like the in-form Jonny Bairstow

Since taking on the captain’s armband, Stokes has made it clear that he wants his team to play their cricket in a positive way.

It paid off against New Zealand as England won all three matches, but this approach did lead to some soft layoffs along the way.

Pietersen has no problem with Stokes taking the attack on the opposing team, but he has urged the all-rounder to keep quiet in the crease to give himself the best chance of finding his timing, rather than finishing the wicket count and hit the ball in the middle. the sky.

“I wouldn’t tell him at all not to go after the bowlers the way he goes after the bowlers, but please stop and watch what Jonny Bairstow is doing right now because he’s too good a player to put it in the air, plods halfway and plods out,” Pietersen added.

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