Shane Warne has said that it’s hard for him to understand why Alastair Cook and the England Cricket Board decided to start their campaign of rebuilding the test team without Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen was forced to bring down the curtains on his international career by ECB after the horrifying Ashes tour of Australia and Warne thinks it’s quite Bizarre.
According to the former leggie, a captain should know how to manage the superstars who might not be the most humble people around, but, they win matches and that’s the most important thing.
What’s interesting is that when Cook had been appointed as captain in 2012, he was the one who had tried to reintegrate Pietersen into the England team and he was praised for making that move.
But, just about a year later, he did exactly opposite. He told ECB that he just couldn’t manage Pietersen anymore and the belligerent right hander needed to be shown the exit door if the rebuilding process of the team had to go smoothly.
Pietersen’s exit means that there is no game changer at all in England’s middle order now and that’s not good for them.
As far as Warne is concerned, he has always been a critic of Cook. Even when England had won the Ashes series by 3-0 at home, he had slammed Cook for his defensive tactics and had said that the Essex player would not be able to guide his team to that much success captaining that way. He proved to be right eventually as England got completely thrashed by Australia down under.
Warne reckons that the England team management would realize pretty soon that handing Pietersen the axe was a mistake.
The player who is expected to replace Pietersen in the England test line up is Eoin Morgan.