Kevin Pietersen opens up on his views about England’s new era
By SMCS - Jul 14, 2022 8:50 am
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Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has said that the current approach taken by the team led by Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes in the Tests would have suited his style of play quite well. The veteran has also played for England in 104 Tests in a career spanning nine years, having a strike rate of 61.72 as well. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took the charge after Joe Root decided to step down as captain following the 4-0 Ashes debacle and a 1-0 series loss in the Caribbean as well.

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On the other hand, referring to himself as an admirer of “Bazball,” Kevin Pietersen has said in an interaction with The Cricketer: “I love the way the team are playing now. It’s exciting, it’s positive and I think you’ll see it bring the best out of the players. If I been given the trust the players in this team have been given under the new management, I would have felt free to play as I knew I did at my best. I’d have loved to play under them, I really would.”

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While he scored 8181 runs in the longest format at an average of 47.29, Pietersen also added that he would have scored more runs while playing a more positive brand of cricket as well.

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“I can only imagine how much happier I would have been, how much better I would have been, playing under this management regime. I would have scored a load more runs. I would have scored so many more runs. There’s a lot of water under the bridge with me and England. But Rob Key is a good buddy. I speak to him and all the other guys. I would be very happy to contribute in any way I can,” Kevin Pietersen concluded.