Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has launched a scathing attack towards his former teammate Stuart Broad. Pietersen feels England should drop the veteran bowler for the tour of Sri Lanka in winter.
Pietersen’s outburst comes with the Test squad for Sri Lanka due to be announced in ten days’ time. The former England skipper insisted that he would have dropped Broad last winter before stating that the right-arm pacer does not do well outside England.
“I would have dropped him last winter,” Pietersen told talkSPORT.
“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.
He further said that Broad missing the plane to Colombo won’t surprise for him and went on to say that it would be a good move.
“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.”
There are reports doing the rounds that England might rest Broad along with James Anderson for the Sri Lanka tour. Anderson continues to lead England’s pace attack admirably but Broad has struggled for consistency. And reports suggest that Broad could be the high-profile casualty for the tour.
Broad is England’s second-highest wicket-taker of all-time with 433 Test scalps. In the recent series against India at home, he took 16 wickets. However, the 32-year old has struggled on recent tours away from England. With his pace down, Broad has struggled to swing the ball in tough conditions.
What can further prompt England to drop Broad is their poor overseas record in recent years.
They have won only one overseas series since they defeated India in 2012-13. Since the start of the India tour in November 2016, they have spent an average of 150 overs in the field in their opponents’ first innings. They have won none of those 12 Tests and lost nine.