Kevin Pietersen is quite surprised that Ben Stokes who had proved to be a revelation for England on the Ashes tour of Australia last year has not been selected in the England squad for the first test match against Sri Lanka.
Stokes was the only player whose performance had been consistent for England in the last Ashes series. He was fantastic both with bat and ball in the 4 test matches that he played. Everyone was expecting him to be picked for the all rounder’s slot for the Lord’s test match, but, the selectors had something else in their mind as they decided to prefer Chris Woakes.
The reason that they gave to the media for making that call was Stokes’ lack of match practice. They reckon that he hasn’t bowled sufficient amount of overs to be ready for test cricket.
Pietersen doesn’t agree to this decision of the selectors. He believes that a couple of championship matches are enough for any player to get into the groove and especially for a player like Stokes who tends to lift his game on big occasions.
In his article for one of the leading English dailies, Pietersen wrote, “There are a few players who can’t perform well without having enough practice, but, it doesn’t apply to all the players. There are certain guys who can turn the heat on straightaway as they are more confident than the others and Ben does appear to me as one such bloke.”
Stokes’ batting average in test cricket is almost 35, while, he averages 32 with the ball. He has already had a hundred and a five-for under his belt in 5-day cricket.
As per Pietersen, the Durham man can become a superstar for England in the future.