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Back in a time when the game was much more even between bat and ball.
Even better is his average at home - 21 innings he got 2 tons and 7 fifties in averaging 47.78 at a time when ODIs in England started when there was a bit of damp in the air...
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And TBH, Pietersen doesn't strike me as "captaincy material". Having said that, of course, Hussain didn't strike many as such in 1996. And yet within a year he was vice-captain. The reality is that the only way to find-out would be to try, and that involves taking risks which you could potentially not take.
Run-rates were not a lot lower - there were many instances of 100 being scored in the first 15, bats were far better than they had been 10 years previously (and even 5), and ropes were no further in than in, say, 2003.
Did Micheal Vaughan as captain make Kevin Pietersen bat slower? No
The effect a captain has on a team is over rated, KP giving a team talk isn't going to make our players "More agressive" whatever that really means.
Yeah, Bowman sums-up my feelings quite well.
Honestly don't see Pietersen having the captaincy making us better. That doesn't mean it wouldn't - but if someone appointed him and it worked, they'd just have picked lucky IMO.
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