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ICC World Cup: England's best team isn't playing, says Pietersen

Exiled batsman blames England's poor show at the World Cup to their emphasis on statistics and not cricket

Kevin Pietersen believes that England are picking the wrong team at the World Cup and have fallen off the pace of those able to rack up scores of 400 or more.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen 

Only Pakistan and Zimbabwe's average scores batting first rank below England.

Pietersen took to Twitter to give the reason behind England's failure at the World Cup. He posted a comment after South Africa piled up 411-4 against Ireland in Canberra.

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Initially, he tweeted: "cricket lovers - if you don't believe that world cricket has changed, then you never will! SA just scored 400 again in a 50 over game!"

England captain Eoin Morgan leads his team off after their nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka at Wellington Regional Stadium. Pic/Getty Images
England captain Eoin Morgan leads his team off after their nine-wicket loss to Sri Lanka at Wellington Regional Stadium. Pic/Getty Images 

Later, he replied to a comment saying, "@kingymoments: @KP24 but, but, but ... Why can't England?! Cos the best team isn't playing & too interested in stats!"

New ECB chairman Colin Graves has given Pietersen hope of making a comeback to the England team.

Since the statement, Pietersen has been positive of a likely return.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has challenged Pietersen to prove himself if he wants to play for England by choosing to quit playing in the IPL and playing county cricket.

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