London, April 30: Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen believes Ben Stokes “has the personality” to captain the Test team, but added the 30-year-old all-rounder will need a leadership group that can complement him in his quest to recapture the glory days. of the team. back.
Stokes was named England captain after Joe Root resigned in the wake of the Test series defeat in the Caribbean, while England head coach Chris Silverwood stepped down from his role following the Ashes 0-4 debacle. DownUnder. The test team’s uninspiring performance in recent years has been blamed on both the players and the top bosses of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Pietersen said that while England had the “right staff in charge”, the entire structure of cricket needed a “shuffle” to get the team out of the “nightmare” scenario.
“Being named captain of the England Test is an incredible honour. Ben Stokes and his family will be incredibly proud and rightly so. I firmly believe that the England team needs a leadership group with some gravitas and personality,” Pietersen said at Betway. . Well-informed person.
England recently appointed Rob Key as the new managing director of the England men’s team and the former cricketer felt he enjoyed that news.
“Enjoyed hearing Rob Key talk about putting in place the best coaching system to change the mindset of the team. He has been so pessimistic, cricket has been poor and the results have been rubbish. Everything needs a reshuffle. They need to have the right people in charge , above the equipment, to ensure that the environment is suitable.
“Key is a good start, Stokes has the personality to captain the team, and personally I would love to see Graham Ford (from South Africa) come in as a trial coach to complete the brain trust. He is an amazing man. He works with all the players throughout the day.He will give you knockdowns until dark and you can call him at 2am if you have any problems.He is a fabulous leader who understands the game of cricket like no other.
“Ultimately though, Stokes and the new manager will be stalled until a radical overhaul of the system improves the quality of the players. It will be tough until then, but I wish Stokes the best of luck,” Pietersen added.