Alastair Cook has run into a patch of rough form with the bat © Getty Images
Alastair Cook has run into a patch of rough form with the bat © Getty Images

Jun 28, 2014

Kevin Pietersen has criticised England captain Alastair Cook and his tactics during the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, which saw the visitors clinch it 1-0. Pietersen is no longer a part of the England team after he was unceremoniously axed from the England setup after the debacle during the Ashes 2013-14 Down Under. Pietersen stated that Cook’s form is affecting his batting and it is very evident.

Writing in his column for the Telegraph, Pietersen stated, “Cook’s form will be affecting him. I have played with Cooky long enough to know that when that happens he becomes very quiet and introverted. He struggles to handle it. We have all been through it and it does play on your mind.”

Pietersen compared Cook’s current situation to his predecessor, Andrew Strauss’ last Test. Strauss big adieu to the game after England lost the No 1 ranking to South Africa in 2012. Pietersen had missed that Test match at Lord’s due his alleged text messages to the South African team.

“Captaining the side without any runs plays on your mind too. I saw in Cook at Headingley the same look Andrew Strauss had when he played his last Test at Lord’s. He was a rabbit in the headlights. It was a shame to see Cooky looking that way. The one thing he brings to the team is runs, mental strength and ability to churn out huge hundreds,” Pietersen wrote.

In his article, Pietersen also slammed England’s negative tactics, saying that they should have declared earlier at Lord’s to press for victory. He also said that they should not have bowled first at Headingley as the pitch turns later in the Test match. Cook’s captaincy has come under some scrutiny in the recent past with Shane Warne being his most vocal critics.