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Better test match batsman? One from a prolonged period of being ****e for England and the other from a brief stay at the top.
Would you not say they should have picked both though, given the series Bell went on to have?Lots of debate about this before the 2005 Ashes (the greatest series I've seen).
There were times KP (along with Freddie) transcended in that series. They made the right selection at that time.
In hindsight yeh. But in the test against Bangladesh prior to the Ashes, Bell had made 162*, so he wasn't going to be dropped at the start of the series.Would you not say they should have picked both though, given the series Bell went on to have?
Yes that's exactly what made me think of this. Thorpe also had a slightly longer career though he did get dropped. Pietersen played more tests in fewer years. Make of that what you will.Pietersen had the better career, but if you swapped their eras I suspect Thorpe thrives in the stable lineup of the late 00s/early 10s
I can't recall why Bell was picked for the Bangladesh tests instead of Pietersen, who had had that absolutely stellar ODI series in SA. I think that Bell had played in the final test the previous summer, but that was about it. Even if they didn't want to pick a test player based on ODI performances, it was obvious that KP was a once in a generation talent who wasn't going to be bullied by the Australians that summer.In hindsight yeh. But in the test against Bangladesh prior to the Ashes, Bell had made 162*, so he wasn't going to be dropped at the start of the series.
Mind you, Thorpe hadn't failed. He made 66* in the same innings. That turned out to be Thorpe's last test.
Thorpe was hardly a saint. His personal life was very disruptive for the team and led to him leaving England in the lurch when they needed him in 2002-03 Ashes. That said he was a better team man than Pietersen, not that hard tho.KP was a rare genius and a better batsman than Thorpe, but also a king sized prat.
lelAn honest trier who got the best out of him vs a guy who looked like a genius but was unfulfilled ultimately. People usually go for the latter in these things.
Oh and Boycott and KP have stats that almost mirror each other. Similar averages, number of runs, centuries and matches.