Former England captain Kevin Pietersen slammed the current captain Ben Stokes For the way he batted in the first innings against India on the third day of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston, he said it was careless batting and the left-hander had three brain-fed moments in ten minutes. Stokes was dismissed for 25 in England’s first innings on Sunday.
After being beaten by skipper Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami from either side of the wicket, Stokes opted to step up against the fast bowlers, scoring some runs in the process. He was relieved twice by dropping easy catches by Shardul Thakur and Bumrah.
On the very next ball after being dropped for the second time in the day, Stokes came out for a big shot off Thakur, only to be dismissed by Bumrah for a brilliant diving catch at mid-off for 25 runs at the crease. . His 66-run stand ended with Bairstow.
“I was watching Stokes running under the wicket and throwing the ball straight into the air. It was careless batting; it was not defending your wicket. Test match centuries are valuable things, they mean stress, tension There’s a lot of reason. , patience and discipline. Three fades in his mind in 10 minutes. Devaluing his Test wicket can’t be a good thing. He’s a very good player to do that,” Pietersen told Sky Sports But said during lunch break.
Jonny Bairstow, who was the overnight batsman with Stokes, also suffered a nervous play and several misses before adopting his aggressive self to make 13 off 60 balls at lunch to post an unbeaten 91 off 113 balls. Pietersen advised Stokes to take lessons from Bairstow’s batting, which has been a dominating display of timing and sheer power.
“I would tell Ben that he doesn’t need to try to be over-aggressive and prove a point. The bowler needs to bowl his best to get Stokes out. At this point in time, I want Stokes to get right. I’m trying. Running on the bowlers. He doesn’t need to do that when England are struggling. I’ll tell him to stand still and do what Bairstow is doing. He’s very good at doing what he’s doing player.”
Asked about England’s aggressive intent in the opening season since former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum took over as head coach, Pietersen remarked that Bairstow was leading England’s entertaining and aggressive path beautifully with the bat. are.
“It’s a new approach and entertaining, for sure. Stokes is talking about the aggressive nature of it and the way he believes Test cricket should be played in this era. But Bairstow seems to be in control. playing along. He is calm, and calm, standing still, and playing the ball as he sees it. He is not running under the wicket, he is being counted. There is no slogging, He’s playing brilliantly.”