Former English star Kevin Pietersen insists he wouldn’t have chosen Ben Stokes to captain the team for their upcoming test series against the West Indies – saying Jos Buttler would have been a better choice.
Chris Silverwood’s side will finally come back into action when they start their series at Southampton on Wednesday, but Pietersen ran into problems with Stokes leading the team instead of Joe Root – who will be giving birth to his second child.
Pietersen said Stokes might be England’s best player, but that doesn’t make him the captain’s best candidate as he says he will have much more control and a much heavier workload.
Ben Stokes may be England’s best player, but he’s not the best captain, says Kevin Pietersen
The former English star said it could be “unfair” to place additional responsibility on Stokes
“I wouldn’t have chosen Ben Stokes to replace Joe Root as captain, I would have chosen Jos Buttler,” he said. Betway.
Stokes loves the audience and he is a proven performer in test conditions with a lot of energy around him. These will be test conditions, but there will be no energy at all. That is something that the players have to generate for themselves.
He is also the best player on the team. Is the best player always the best choice as a captain? I’m not so sure. I can speak from personal experience. As soon as you are named captain, your responsibilities change and the dynamics change completely.
He said that Jos Buttler, on the left, would have been a better choice to replace the absent Joe Root, on the right
Chris Silverwood, on the left, has supported ‘talisman’ Stokes to become a success in England’s leadership
“It’s no longer about Stokes being a superstar batsman or taking essential wickets, it’s about how he manages people.”
England’s icon said he fully supported the 29-year-old, but felt that the captain’s responsibilities could be too much for a player ‘already doing so much for the team’.
“He can experience a bit of hostility from certain parts of the locker room when he asks people to do something they don’t want or make some unpopular decisions,” he added.
“He’ll have to do a lot more press and look at a lot more. That’s not necessarily fair for someone who already does so much for the team.
Pietersen warned that Stokes will have to make “unpopular decisions” and be viewed critically
England has prepared for their series against the West Indies in a biosafe bubble
“I’m not saying he’s getting a bad job, it just gets interesting. I will add, if you are offered the captain, there is no way you can reject it. It is a great position to sit in and I wish him all the best. ‘
Silverwood has defended last summer’s nomination for the World Cup hero, saying he will do ‘a great job’ as he is a ‘talisman who leads the front’.
Organizing the series around restrictions on the coronavirus has led to strict protocols. It is played behind closed doors and the stars of England are locked in a biologically safe ‘bubble’ in their team hotel to prevent the disease from contracting.
Players will not be able to visit their family or friends during the series and Pietersen fears that confinement can turn out to be a stressful environment – he admits he is ‘happy’ not to be on the field.
Pietersen is concerned that players are faced with a stressful environment of ‘being stuck’ in their hotel
“I’m actually really happy that I’m not a player this summer,” he said. “I don’t think I could handle it. Players usually have their families, their agents and their sponsors. They can get out and play golf. There is always something going on.
Stuck together is going to test for the players. I couldn’t have gotten my head around it. It is so important to get away from the game because of the stress and tension it puts on your mind and body.
“The novelty of this situation may exist in the first or two test matches, but at the end of the month it will be quite testing with each other in a hotel. I couldn’t have gotten my head around it. ‘
He said that Stuart Broad, left, and James Anderson, right, should start against the West Indies
The South African-born star said it was vital that James Anderson and Stuart Broad begin the first test, saying it was the job of the West Indian batsmen.
“For the time being, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are still dead certs,” he continued. “In the first Test of the summer, after a long break, you go with them and see how they are doing. However, there are certainly plenty of options.
“The West Indies have a really good bowling attack, with Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph, but it’s about their batsmen. They haven’t had many great ones in a few years. The Ageas Bowl is one of the best locations to hit in the country – the field bounces well and is even.
“There should be enough runs, but can the West Indies really score 400 in the first innings of a test game? That could decide the series. ‘