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Kevin Pietersen accuses England of disrespecting India with Test selection

Kevin Pietersen has accused England of ‘disrespecting’ India ahead of their eagerly anticipated Test series by opting not to pick their strong possible XI.

Joe Root’s side are currently in the midst of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka where the ability of their top order has been severely examined by the hosts’ spin bowlers.

Youngsters Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley have both struggled to adapt to the unique demands of cricket on the subcontinent and it has been left to experienced hands Root and the recently recalled Jonny Bairstow to anchor England’s batting.

Bairstow has looked particularly comfortable against the likes of  Lasith Embuldeniya, but will miss the first two matches of the four-Test series against the world No.1 ranked side.

Veteran seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have also proved their worth against Sri Lanka, but are likely to be rotated against India with the likes of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes coming back into contention.

Pietersen, however, believes England must pick their strongest team from the get-go if they are to stand any chance against a side which has just emerged victorious from their historic series against Australia.

‘Big debate on whether England have picked their best team to play India in the 1st Test,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘Winning IN India is as good a feeling as winning in Australia.

‘It’s disrespectful to England fans and also to @BCCI to NOT play your best team. The BEST England players will want to play as many games as possible against India, in India.

‘PICK THEM! Then they go to IPL & earn everything they deserve. Cash is king for every sportsman. They’re a business! They can have a break after that!

‘Bairstow has to play! Broad/Anderson have to play!’

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