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India v England: Kevin Pietersen reveals Ben Stokes worry after T20 defeat

Kevin Pietersen believes Ben Stokes is being ‘wasted’ in England’s T20 side (Pictures: Getty)

Kevin Pietersen believes Ben Stokes is being ‘wasted’ in England’s T20 team after Eoin Morgan’s side suffered a narrow series defeat to India.

Stokes endured a subdued series, scoring 84 runs in three innings from his No. 6 spot and taking three wickets from 12 overs of bowling.

Pietersen said: ‘Ben Stokes is completely wasted at 6 as a batter and bowling part time. Bairstow in T20’s is an opener. If he doesn’t open, Stokes bats 4.’

Former England batsman Rob Key added to Sky Sports: ‘They need to get more from Ben Stokes. It’s not like he can’t do it, he was the MVP at the Indian Premier League a few years ago.

‘He was the best player during that tournament. He can play T20 cricket. But somehow they need to get him more involved.

‘It is very hard for Stokes. The people that bat six are Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell who can slog yorkers out of the ground.

‘I’m not sure Stokes, as good as he is, can do exactly that but he can bat early on when the field is up in the powerplay and then destroy sides.

‘He doesn’t strike me as someone happy to come in with five overs to go at No 6.’

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