Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has come out and stated that all-rounder Ben Stokes should not play a part in the ongoing Ashes in Australia.
“It would be wrong for Stokes to be on this tour,’ Pietersen said. “From what we’ve seen on that coverage, that bloke doesn’t play for England again for a while.”
In an interview with the Mail, the 37-year-old stated that Stokes’ decision will be a big moment in Andrew Strauss’ term as ECB’s Director of Cricket.
“The issue with Ben Stokes isn’t about Ben Stokes. It’s about Andrew Strauss. He’s the one who’s going to make this call about if and when Stokes returns. The CPS might make it for him but if they don’t, this is on Strauss.
The all-rounder was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub and is currently awaiting on the Crown Prosecution Service to determine whether charges will be pressed post a submission of a report by Avon and Somerset Police.
“This is his biggest decision. Forget what he’s ever done to me. This is his biggest call. He likes to do things by the book. By his book. He doesn’t have much hair at the moment. He could lose it all on this decision. It’s a monster.”
Stokes is currently playing in for Canterbury in New Zealand’s Ford Trophy one-day tournament and if cleared could make it for the third Test against Australia in Perth.