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by Manuj Sharma Tuesday 3 February 2015
Former England captain Paul Collingwood has criticized the England and Wales Cricket Board for their decision to leave all-rounder Ben Stokes out of their World Cup squad.
Stokes suffered a poor run of form in Sri Lanka last year where he managed just 22 runs in two innings batting at eight and was subsequently left out of England’s World Cup squad.
The 23-year-old all-rounder had hit an unbeaten 151 from 86 deliveries batting at five and further contributed with the ball by picking up three wickets for England Lions against South Africa A on Monday.
Collingwood, who is now part of the coaching staff for the Scotland cricket team, was extremely critical of how the ECB handled the Durham all-rounder.
"What England did with him is like telling (Cristiano) Ronaldo to play at right-back. He (Stokes) could've won you the World Cup," Collingwood said.
"The thing that frustrates me is that England were batting him in the number eight position.""You've got to play him in the right position - whether that be four, five or six - and allow him to win games from that position.”Stokes acknowledged his poor form in Sri Lanka and admitted that it impaired his chances for the World Cup selection.
Also, he expressed his desire to bat up the order for England in the future.
“Things didn't go well in Sri Lanka, which had a big impact in World Cup selection, but I've been given a chance at five and hopefully, later down the line, I've proved I can get some runs up the order.
“I didn't come here with a point to prove to anyone. I just came here to make my game better and I think it's worked."Apart from Australia, England are clubbed with New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group A of the 2015 World Cup.
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