South Africa-born England great Kevin Pietersen has had a laugh at the latest England squad named to tour the West Indies.
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England dropped James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the country’s two all-time leading Test wicket-takers, for their tour of the Caribbean as part of a major shake-up of the troubled team.
Anderson, who has 640 Test wickets, and fellow pace bowler Broad, who has 537 scalps, are among eight players axed from the group that featured in England’s shambolic Ashes series loss in Australia.
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has also been left out, while there are first call-ups for Durham opener Alex Lees and Yorkshire seamer Matthew Fisher.
Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Dom Bess, Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed are the other players dropped following England’s 4-0 defeat in Australia.
Lancashire pair Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson join the overhauled 16-man squad for the three-Test series.
Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes returns to the squad for the first time since playing in the fourth Test against India in March 2021.
Andrew Strauss, interim managing director of England men’s cricket, interim head coach Paul Collingwood and head scout James Taylor wielded the axe following one of England’s most embarrassing Test tours in recent memory.
Head coach Chris Silverwood, assistant Graham Thorpe and director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles had already been removed from their roles as a result of the on and off-field turmoil in Australia.
Kevin Pietersen isn’t convinced by the changes
Without saying so in any words, Kevin Pietersen clearly isn’t convinced the wholesale changes will in any way improve England’s chances of success in the West Indies.
Pietersen, now 41, took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to share his amusement at the squad announcement with his over 3.8 million followers.
‘KP’, who was born in Pietermaritzburg, played 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England.
England’s first Test against the West Indies in Antigua starts on 8 March.
England squad for West Indies tour:
Joe Root (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Zak Crawley, Matthew Fisher, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Alex Lees, Saqib Mahmood, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood