Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has admitted the team's bowling unit lacks quality and experience. The exiled right-hander – who last played for the Three Lions in 2014 – has claimed England's bowling resources do not have sufficient experience in Indian conditions, suggesting they will struggle at the World T20.
England lost their opening match of the tournament to the West Indies on Wednesday (16 March). Pietersen, 35, subsequently admitted to being surprised by the lack of responsibility handed to leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who only bowled two overs, while he also questioned their lack of bowling options at the tail-end of the West Indies innings.
"The only thing England should be concerned about is their bowling. Why did Adil Rashid only bowl two overs, for example, and who is England's other death bowler, besides Chris Jordan, who is brilliant at it?" he asked on Sky Sports.
Pietersen also voiced concerns about their lack of playing time in India, after a Chris Gayle-inspired West Indies side cruised to a six-wicket win in Mumbai. "They haven't played cricket in India, though, and only Eoin Morgan has played in the IPL," the South African-born batsman shared. "That's a huge thing and it showed when Joe Root said 180 was a par score. It wasn't."
England now face a must-win match against South Africa on Friday 18 March in Mumbai [2pm GMT].