England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) choice to drop Ian Bell from the squad for subsequent month’s tour of South Africa did not sit properly with Kevin Pietersen, their out-of-favour star. Pietersen slammed the board on Thursday night (November 19) for overlooking one of many nation’s most skilled batsman for what can be a troublesome abroad task towards the highest Check nation.
Pietersen, who final performed for England in January 2014, stated Bell’s omission was ‘ridiculous’.
“I am truly sitting right here very, very, very irritated. How are you going to take anyone who has performed over one hundred Check matches — and you have got the most important Check collection of the yr arising, towards the No.1 aspect on the planet — and drop him, depart him out of the tour,” Pietersen stated by way of a video message on Twitter.
“I imply it is completely ridiculous. I perceive individuals who say ‘he may need not scored some runs shortly’. However you will play South Africa, in South Africa towards among the best bowling assaults that has stunned the previous few years. You must take him (Bell) due to his expertise. You simply should take him. You can’t drop him earlier than this. If he does not rating runs after South Africa then perhaps I might kind of perceive it. However I simply don’t perceive the considering behind this.”
Bell, 33, aggregates 7,727 runs from 118 Exams at forty two.sixty nine however hasn’t scored a century in 23 innings. Pietersen felt that his former teammate was being handled in a different way to Alastair Prepare dinner, the England captain, who went via an identical run some time in the past. “Captain Prepare dinner himself, he can go two years with out scoring a Check hundred however he can play each single recreation. ‘Stomach’ struggles slightly bit, his final hundred 9 or ten Checks in the past, however he is not ok to get on the South Africa tour.”
In distinction, Michael Vaughan, the previous England captain, believes Bell’s omission was coming, owing to his prolonged run of dangerous type and the emergence of youthful batsmen like James Taylor.
“To drop such an skilled participant for a tour to South Africa, the most effective group on the earth in the meanwhile, sends a reasonably robust message that you simply assume his profession is over,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“(Trevor) Bayliss, the brand new coach, has taken six months to take a look at the group and he clearly feels Bell shouldn’t be half the participant he anticipated him to be. He has additionally seen the best way James Taylor has grabbed his probability, displaying actual power and enthusiasm, and the coach has in all probability questioned if there are extra guys like him on the market determined for his or her probability. There comes a time when sufficient is sufficient and you need to convey a brand new batch of gamers by means of the system.”
In the meantime, Stuart Broad, the England pacer, sympathised with Bell on his predicament however added that he was a world class participant who would get well from this setback. “He shall be very decided to work onerous and get again in,” Broad advised BBC. “We all know in cricket that alternatives do come up and, though he isn’t on this Check tour to South Africa, he will not see that as the top of his profession. He might be working exhausting after a little bit of a break to enhance, put runs on the board and get again on this England aspect.
“You might be one damage away from getting your spot again and he’ll work on his recreation. I’m positive he will not relaxation. He might be very targeted.”