Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has blamed franchise T20 leagues as the reason behind England’s downfall and Test batting woes. The Three Lions lost the two-match Test series 0-1 against New Zealand on June 13 (Sunday).
With this defeat, England slipped down to the fourth spot in the ICC Test rankings while the Blackcaps toppled India at the top of the pile, ahead of their clash with the Asian giants in the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
After being fairly dominated by the Kiwis in the first Test at Lord’s, England put up an even uninspiring show at Edgbaston, a venue where they’ve lost just two times in the previous 15 encounters.
The 0-1 series is their first home Test defeat since 2014 and their first against New Zealand at home since 1999. In the same light, Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter and pointed out that “hardly any of the cricket greats have played full seasons of County Cricket.”
“Since the franchise T20($$$$$$) started, hardly any of crickets GREATS have played full seasons of County Cricket. HUGE gap between County & International cricket, hence the Test match batting woes!” Pietersen’s tweet read.
The multiple dollar signs in Pietersen’s tweet seemed an evident dig on the players prioritizing cash-rich leagues over domestic cricket. Several key players including Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, among others were rested post the IPL 2021 postponement.