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Pietersen cautions against adding captaincy burden on Stokes
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Pietersen cautions against adding captaincy burden on Stokes

Kevin Pietersen has refused to back the idea of appointing Ben Stokes skipper if Joe Root is unavailable for a game in the upcoming three-match Test series against West Indies.

Root's wife is due to give birth in July, thus potentially ruling him out for one Test necessitating the decision to promote Stokes to the captaincy post.

Despite Root supporting his deputy to do the job efficiently, former England batsman Pietersen is concerned about the star all-rounder being forced to assume greater responsibility than he can manage.

Pietersen singled out wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler as the suitable candidate to perform leadership duties and dubbed Stokes as a match-winner who would not enjoy such a stint.

"Do I want to see Ben Stokes change from who he is and the current player he is? Probably not. Jos Buttler would be my guy," he told talkSPORT.

"The entertainers and the guys that have to carry the mantle in the team sometimes aren't the best captains and sometimes struggle with the extra added pressure."

Drawing from his personal experience of captaining the England side in three games, Pietersen mentioned how he felt like an outsider in the team dressing room.

"I struggled with it, I absolutely hated it and I was rubbish. You have to change and I couldn't command the respect of the dressing room."

England's international summer has been drastically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, compelling the organisers to delay certain fixtures.

Amidst the ongoing health crisis, all matches will be played in front of empty stands – a development Pietersen believes will strip the contests of their thrilling nature given the likelihood of pin-drop silence in the stadiums.

"I would rather be in the broadcaster chair than in the players' chair because entertainers like atmosphere and you are going to have to build your own atmosphere and dig as deep as you can to try your best and perform in front of a whisper," Pietersen stated.

"It is going to be hard, especially for cricket. Six hours, when you're in the field and guys are batting and you're 100 overs into an innings, England are going to have to dig deep because it is going to feel like a warm-up game, with no one watching."