KP's decision gives youngsters a chance: Gooch

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Published: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 13:27 [IST]
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KP's exit, an opportunity for youngsters

Birmingham, Jun 9: England batting coach Graham Gooch on Friday said that the team will miss the 'great entertainer' Kevin Pietersen who announced his retirement from international T20s and ODIs last week but he is sure of finding a replacement for the cricketer in both the limited overs formats.

While there are speculations about Pietersen's retirement, as rumours suggest that his England and Wales Cricket Board's contract prevented him from just concentrating on T20s as his preferred format of the game, which forced him to retire from both the limited overs formats in order to focus purely on the longer version of the game.

The right-handed batsman announced his retirement from ODIs and T20s last week as he was forced to retire from both the limited overs format due to England's contract.

Pietersen, who is a part of the Test team, awaits the start of the third and final Test against West Indies as the first two days were washed out due to rain at Edgbaston which was scheduled to start on Thursday.

Following Pietersen's retirement, England are due to announce their squad for the three match ODI series and a one-off T20 international against West Indies that is scheduled to start from June 16, 2012.

Former opening batsman of England, Graham Gooch on side lines of the first day of the third Test that was washed out due to rain, said "Life moves on - one door closes, another one opens," on Pietersen's retirement.

"You have got to look at it from a team point of view as an opportunity for someone else to make his mark, to represent his country and to win games for his country.

"I would personally wish Kevin all the best -- obviously he's still going to play Test cricket -- in whatever else he does. "But that chapter of his career is finished now, and we have to look forward."

Gooch added saying that this gives an opportunity for youngsters to grab the chance and cement their place in the team.

"I look at it as an opportunity for someone else, for a young player, to grab that chance. You've got to look forward.

"I'd like to think we would find someone who can do the job, absolutely.

"I was always in favour of Kevin Pietersen opening the batting, because I am in favour of putting your best players in first in one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket.

"Get your best players at the top of the order and give them all the overs to make an impact."

Gooch further added saying that the side has some good players around like Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Bairstow, Jmaes Taylor and others.

"We've got some exciting young players around -- Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Bairstow, James Taylor, Jos Buttler -- these are all guys who are in and around the Lions and one-day team.

"They are not new names but they are guys I see taking English cricket forward over the next few years."

Though Gooch stressed on replacing the talented right-handed batsman, he admitted that it is far from easy to replace a player of Pietersen's caliber in the ODI team.


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