Sat. Sep 19th, 2020
Agence France-Presse


Graham Thorpe needs fledgling England batsman Tom Banton to create in his personal way following former captain Michael Vaughan in contrast the growing Somerset star to Kevin Pietersen.

Banton demonstrated lots of electrical power-hitting as properly as some audacious scoops through a thrilling 71 off 42 balls in the rain-marred initially Twenty20 worldwide towards Pakistan at Outdated Trafford on Friday.

Vaughan has prolonged been a fan of the 21-12 months-previous Banton, saying he is “a bit like Kevin Pietersen in the way he hits the ball and sets up”.

But assistant England coach Thorpe urged caution following Banton’s maiden worldwide T20 fifty.

“It’s incredibly early,” mentioned former England batsman Thorpe, whose a hundred-Check profession ended when he manufactured way for Pietersen shortly ahead of Vaughan’s males defeated Australia to win the 2005 Ashes.

“Let him (Banton) be at ease in the surroundings he’s in and allow him create at his personal tempo as properly.

“He is absolutely talented, and you can inform he’s incredibly hungry. It is usually pleasing when you see anyone complete on the significant stage as a youthful lad.”

Banton, reprieved on 5 when Iftikhar Ahmed dropped a regimen slip catch, struggled ahead of getting his kind in a rain-marred match that completed as a no end result.

“It wasn’t a flyer by any indicates, but the way he was incredibly clinical with his strokeplay following that was outstanding,” mentioned Thorpe.

Banton came on as an opener in initially T20 Worldwide towards Pakistan

Banton received a likelihood to open following Jason Roy was ruled out with a side damage.

And with England fielding separate red and white-ball squads simply because of the coronavirus, a quantity of gamers, like Twenty20 opener Jos Buttler, had been not regarded as for the 3-match series.

England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan believes the 50-above planet champions need to discipline their strongest side as normally as probable if they are to win up coming year’s T20 Globe Cup in India.

“Obviously they are uncommon conditions this summertime,” mentioned Thorpe. “It is crucial for the T20 side as properly as the a single-day side to consider to get the strongest workforce out, so gamers do get utilised to the positions we want them to bat in.

“You also want, if individuals get injured, individuals who can come in to these positions. If you can stage up and place in performances like that, you will absolutely develop competitors for the squad.”

It was a see echoed by Banton himself, who mentioned he would consider to make it complicated for the selectors to drop him.

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