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Boycott backs Pietersen for ODI captaincy

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Former England batsman Geoff Boycott has backed Kevin Pietersen to become the new captain of the national one-day side after Michael Vaughan stepped down from the role.

Vaughan resigned on Monday after four years in the post — although he will remain as the captain of the Test side — and Paul Collingwood is favourite to be named as his successor when the one-day squad is announced on Friday.

However, Boycott believes Pietersen would be an exciting option as England look to regroup following their disastrous World Cup campaign in West Indies.

“They will probably pick Collingwood but Pietersen is one you should think about,” Boycott said. “He is different and original — you could say outlandish — he plays in a different way,” he explained.

“We don’t know anything about Collingwood’s captaincy, we don’t know anything about Pietersen as captain — I don’t think any of them have ever done it. Take a punt — which one do you go for?” he asked.

The Yorkshireman believes England should take a calculated risk with Pietersen, saying: “I don’t want to go about what is safe. I want to go innovative, inventive, do something different”.

“For crying out loud — can we win the World Cup? That’s all I’m interested in, that’s all the people of England are interested in,” he continued.

“They don’t care what colour his hair is, if he has got danglers in his ears or round his neck. They’re interested in — can you do something? Can you lift the players? Can you do something to get us a World Cup that is better than what we’ve just had in the West Indies which was a load of rubbish,” he added.

Boycott also insists the appointment of a different one-day captain is of no consequence.

He continued: “I’m not bothered about the threat to Vaughan, he has gone, he is the Test match captain. Pietersen is a very interesting individual. When you talk to him outside the batting scenario he’s very easy, laid back, polite, pleasant”.

“But when he is in the middle he is a highly-motivated competitor — almost like Viv Richards — I’m going to take you on,” he explained.

“He’ll cock up like he did the other night but you ask the kids around the country who do they want to watch? They want to watch Pietersen bat and watch (Cristiano) Ronaldo at Manchester United because he excites them,” he remarked.

Asked whether the captaincy could affect Pietersen’s batting, Boycott said: “We might be worried it might affect Collingwood’s”.

“There are all sorts of ifs and buts and you don’t know until you try. If you want to try Collingwood fine, but I don’t have a problem it it’s Pietersen,” he explained.

“You’ve got to try things, nobody saying it’s going to be there in two or four years time because you don’t know — you’ve got to try because neither of them have any experience at all,” he added.

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