Former batsman Kevin Pietersen says England’s ODI success prioritised over Tests, resulting dip in red-ball cricket results
London: Kevin Pietersen has questioned whether England know where they are going, saying their focus on one-day cricket risks alienating fans who care more about Test success.
The past two years have seen a vast improvement in England's limited-overs form, with a team that suffered an embarrassing first-round exit at the 2015 World Cup now top of the one-day international rankings.
The form of Eoin Morgan's side has been a huge boost to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who have staked a lot – including a contentious rejigging of the domestic season – on England winning the World Cup for the first time when the 2019 edition takes place on home soil.
But England's white-ball rise has been accompanied by a dip in their Test results, with Joe Root's men going down to a 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia before a 1-0 series reverse in New Zealand.
England have prided themselves on being a tough Test side to beat in their own conditions but had to battle back to share a two-match series against Pakistan 1-1 after a thumping nine-wicket loss in the first Test at Lord's.
And Pietersen said one-day success was being prioritised to the "detriment" of England's Test-match form.
"I don't know which direction they want to go in," former England batsman Pietersen, who helped the side to a number of notable victories, said on Friday.
"We won a T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes home and ...