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Pietersen Urges English Players Not to Give Up on Red-ball Cricket

Cricketnext Staff |March 4, 2018, 3:43 PM IST
Pietersen Urges English Players Not to Give Up on Red-ball Cricket

New Delhi: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has warned cricketers not to turn their back on Test cricket, as he feels that way, they're at risk of reducing their value in the shorter formats.

England players Adil Rashid, Alex Hales and Reece Topley recently announced that they will not play the longest format of the game and focus on limited-overs formats only.

Pietersen took to Twitter and wrote, "Cricketers, just remember that when you take your whites off, your value decreases significantly. Owners still value Test cricket. The longer form shows true character! So if you have the chance to still play in whites, DO IT!"

England fast-bowler James Anderson had also expressed his fears over cricketers ditching Test cricket for the cash-rich leagues.

After the move to solely focus on white-ball cricket, England opener Alex Hales had said, "For the next 18 months I'm excited to focus entirely on limited overs cricket and want to be part of a Notts team that retains the white ball double and a World Cup winning squad with England."

"The decision to focus on my white ball game wasn't taken lightly or on the spur of the moment, it's one I've thought long and hard about. It's also one I've discussed at length with the Notts management."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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