ECB right to withdraw Pietersen
The growing schedule of global cricket is starting to affect England’s international side after the ECB again decided to withdraw a key player from an upcoming series.
After James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann were all withdrawn from England’s January ODI series with India, it’s now Kevin Pietersen’s turn to be given a break – the batsman out of England’s short-form tour of New Zealand next year.
The reason for this decision is simple yet will still disappoint cricket fans in the Cricket Betting Tips world who see Pietersen as integral to each England side and one of the few players to handle pressure on a regular basis. With a heavy 2013 schedule ahead it is best for Pietersen to rest now and so not risk burnout later in the year.
Having resolved relations with the ECB, the 32-year-old is now set to play an important part in England’s Ashes defence next summer and the tour of Australia six months later.
The New Zealand series is therefore the only real rest Pietersen will get between now and February 2014, when back-to-back Ashes series finally comes to a close and England take stock of how the past 18 months have gone.
As mentioned in his recent Michael Vaughan tips column, this recent India Test was meant to prove England’s mettle before Australia come to town in six months time and Alastair Cook’s side certainly didn’t disappoint. There is no need to set the world alight against New Zealand, nor is there any worry England will lose their form before the baggy greens arrive in June.
Therefore, these next few months are crucial for the ECB to manage their players’ workload and if that means big guns such as Pietersen have to miss the odd series then so be it.