Articles about Kevin Pietersen are very boring and entirely overlook all England’s other mistakes and problems.
Dropping the captain who won the tournament
Paul Collingwood is a bit of a forgotten man, but we do wonder why there was such haste to ‘build for the future’. We’re not saying that dropping him was necessarily the wrong decision, but it did have a faint aroma of trying to be too clever by half – particularly when Stuart Broad’s the beneficiary.
Everyone in the team is eight years’ old
At least Collingwood’s a grown-up. Youth is good, but there’s no point picking an under-21s team when you don’t have to. Twenty20 cricket is not a young man’s game. Pietersen, Gayle, Tendulkar, Dilshan, Jayawardene, Watson, Kallis, Hussey – these are the batsmen who score runs in the shortest format.
You’ve got Virat Kohli? Fine, pick Virat Kohli. You’ve got Craig Kieswetter, Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler? Choose two. At most.
Ooh look, here comes Jade Dernbach with his eye-catching variations. Oh dear, he appears to have conceded 1-45, 1-38 and 0-42 in successive matches. Not much variation there.
Stuart Broad says the team has learnt a lot from the experience. Hopefully they’ll make the most of their knowledge the next time there’s a World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka featuring the exact same players.