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Jennings can’t bat: Pietersen

DTNext 2018-09-15 00:00:00

England former captain Kevin Pietersen feels Keaton Jennings is not a good choice for Test cricket. Opener Jennings failed to impress in England’s 4-1 demolition of India, registering a top score of just 42 across the five Tests.

England former captain Kevin Pietersen London: With Alastair Cook retiring, England already needs to source one new batsman but Pietersen is not convinced by the current talent pool.
“It is brilliant that Rory Burns is predicted to go on the tour of Sri Lanka. That is going to be wonderful. ‘Jennings can’t bat, I’m sorry. They are going to have to find somebody else. Cook is a big loss. I know he has been wishy-washy over the last couple of months but he finished on a fairytale ending, which is brilliant for him but to replace that kind of guy at the top of the order is going to be difficult. 
“I just don’t see county cricket producing Test cricketers at the moment. The issue is deep-rooted. All the best players in the world now are not playing County cricket. They are earning their cash in franchise cricket. Therefore, the standard of county cricket isn’t great, the standard of county batsmen is poor, and it is causing a massive issue in cabs on the rank for batting places,” he added.
Pietersen also wants to see change in England’s bowling attack for its tour of Sri Lanka, starting with Stuart Broad. “I would have dropped him last winter,” Pietersen added.
“He doesn’t perform that well away from home. He had one good Ashes series and what he delivered for England in the big Ashes series last year was hopeless. I’ve been on tours of the sub-continent, he doesn’t like touring the sub-continent, so it wouldn’t surprise me and it would be a very good move if  they dropped him,” Pietersen signed off.