Former England star batsman Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday criticised England for picking a poor Test team against South Africa. He also slammed England’s top order batsman for being very inactive and advised they should be included Jason Roy and Dawid Malan in the third Test against the Proteas

English opener Keaton Jennings has scored just 44 runs in his four innings in the first two Tests against SA, while Gary Balance, who bats at number three, has failed to pass 50 in 11 Test innings.

England registered a comprehensive 211-run win in the series opener at Lord’s but they have faced a heavy defeat of 340 runs in the second Test at Nottingham at the hands of the South African side.

Currently, the four-match Test series between South Africa and England tied 1-1 with the third Test will be played at The Oval on 27 July.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Kevin Pietersen said, “They picked a poor test-match team. I know they won at Lord’s but that was the brilliance of Joe Root. There are individuals that are brilliant, but the collective doesn’t fire as much as they should and there are some holes in that batting order.”

He also suggests, “You cannot have a top three that bat as the top three bat or has poor technique, you cannot have that. You’ve got to change that up, get them striking, get bowlers thinking ‘Goodness if I don’t bowl this ball in the right place, I’m going to get whacked’. Malan and Roy are my choices.”

With Balance has been ruled out as he has injured his finger, England will have to make at least one change to their batting line-up for next week’s third test at The Oval on 27 July


By Rashmi Nanda