Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said that Stuart Broad, who recently surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee, as the eighth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests during the India vs England series, doesn’t do well away from home and should be dropped for the Sri Lanka series.
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said that Stuart Broad, who recently surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee, as the eighth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests during the India vs England series, doesn’t do well away from home and should be dropped for the Sri Lanka series.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen said that Stuart Broad, who recently surpassed Sir Richard Hadlee, as the eighth highest wicket-taker of all time in Tests during the India vs England series, doesn’t do well away from home and should be dropped for the Sri Lanka series.

“I would have dropped him last winter,” Pietersen told TalkSport.com. “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. 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,” he added.

While Broad has picked 275 wickets in England at an average of 27.09, he has managed ten in India at 53.90, eight in Bangladesh at 39.87 and three in Sri Lanka at 66.33. However, in UAE the 32-year-old has 20 wickets at 22.85, might below his career average and in Australia he has scalped 34 at 37.17.

Broad and Anderson are likely to be rested for the Sri Lanka tour after the long India series. In batting, with Alastair Cook retiring, the selectors have have to find a replacement and reports suggest that Keaton Jennings, who averaged just 18.11 in the series, will also be dropped for the away series.

Pietersen opined that opener Keaton Jennings have no place in the Test squad as he can’t bat.

“Jennings can’t bat, I’m sorry. They are going to have to find somebody else, he said, adding players like Rory Burns, the highest run-scorer in the 2018 County Championship and the captain of title winners Surrey, and Jason Roy (Surrey) should be looked at.

“I like Jason Roy. He has got oomph, he has got guts, he has got runs at the top of the order in Australia. He scored that brilliant 180 at the MCG. It is about how guys score their runs and what their personalities are like. I would be all for Roy at the top of the order with Rory Burns.

“It is brilliant that Rory Burns is predicted to go on the tour of Sri Lanka. That is going to be wonderful,” he added.