Now, the former England cricketer on Saturday revealed why he said this about Stokes’ batting in the first innings. “My tweet about the devaluation of your test wicket during the England innings was only towards Ben Stokes because he is better than a slugger who falls at mid-off and then slogs and is caught at mid-off goes.
“He just needs to look at Jonny Bairstow and realize he doesn’t need to run at the bowlers. But maybe he’s saying: ‘I’m the captain and I want you to play like I’m talking and walking. I am.’ That was my only little concern. I’ll put it to bed and I want this England team to smash it,” Peterson was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
Under Stokes and Brendon McCullum as head coaches, England beat New Zealand 3–0 in Test cricket, chasing successful goals of 277, 299 and 296. A whopping 378, his highest goal so far in the format, to draw the series 2-2 and retain the Pataudi Trophy.
Pietersen expressed happiness over England’s new style of playing in Test cricket. But, at the same time, when he has to face a high quality spinner, he sees a potential threat in the side’s approach. “We will see bad days but I think they are setting the benchmark where Test cricket can go and apply to the global game.
“The value of cricket is being driven through short form, but if you have an England team that wins the toss and chases in a Test match, there has to be something concrete in that and I’m going to jump on the ride.” .
“The only thing is, will it work in the fourth innings against a high quality spinner who is not allowing them to set the conditions? But we have seen in the short form of the game that if you go after the bowlers So they get scared. It’s just so cool to look at.”
Pietersen also credited Rob Key, the new managing director of men’s cricket, for the change in the Test team. “It also took Rob Key, who doesn’t think in your typical traditional way. He thinks outside the box. I talked with Rob about a positive mindset and ‘4-3-2’ instead of ‘4-3-2-1′ I’ve had some amazing conversations about batting. 2-3-4’ and that’s what England are doing.”
Pietersen further elaborated on what the 4-3-2-1 batting approach is. “Look for a boundary. Look to hit four or six, then if you can’t do that, go into defensive mode. The English way is thinking of singles or blocking the ball. I took 4-3 Thought -2-1. I thought there was a boundary option for every single ball. Dropping it, stopping and moving the strike was option two. That’s how they are playing now.
“Look at that opening partnership: Alex Lees goes under the wicket and hits (Mohammed) Shami. As long as it doesn’t get reckless, I’m totally cool with it. The only way they can continue is if Brendan The backroom staff led by (McCullum) and Ben (Sox) believe in letting players know they’re going to play for a very long time. They’re doing that by sticking with Jack Crowley, which I think is fantastic.”
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