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Kevin Pietersen reacts to England’s defeat to India and Moeen Ali exit

Kevin Pietersen has criticised England’s rotation policy during their tour of India (Pictures: Getty)

Kevin Pietersen says he is ‘upset’ and ‘disappointed’ with England’s rotation policy after captain Joe Root confirmed Moeen Ali was heading home following India’s emphatic victory in the second Test in Chennai.

India completed a 317-run thrashing over England on Monday to level the four-match Test series at 1-1 following their surprise defeat in the opening Test.

Moeen was left out of the series opener but replaced Dom Bess for the second match, taking eight wickets and scoring 49 runs, including a destructive 18-ball 43 in the final session of the match.

He will play no further part in the series, however, with England offering every multi-format player a period of rest in a year when the team plays 17 Test matches and competes in a Twenty20 World Cup.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler returned home after the first Test against India, while Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood are all yet to feature in the series.

‘I’m pretty upset that England won’t field their strongest team for any of the four Test matches against India,’ Pietersen told Betway.

‘Yes, they won the first Test after winning the toss, but for a guy like Jimmy Anderson to be sitting around watching the second match when you’ve got Stuart Broad bowling 75mph dibbly-dobblers with the wicket-keeper standing up just doesn’t make any sense to me.

‘You’ve got Jos Buttler back home, Jonny Bairstow only flying out for the last couple of matches, and now Moeen Ali is going home, too.

‘I know there might be personal reasons with Moeen, but I’d like to think he’d have stayed to play in the Test match – a historic day-night game – if at all possible.

‘I understand that bubble life isn’t easy, it’s really difficult. But surely these guys want to play? It’s incredibly disappointing. They should have come out all guns blazing for this series.

Virat Kohli’s side levelled the series at 1-1 (Picture: BCCI)

‘It’s so disappointing to see as a fan because this is such an opportunity for the masses to fall in love with this England team. For the life of me, I can’t understand it.’

Root scored a brilliant double century and his third successive three-figure score to lead England to a stunning victory over India in the series opener.

But India responded with an emphatic win in the second Test in Chennai – Ravichandran Ashwin was the star as he notched up his fifth red-ball hundred on top of taking eight wickets in the match.

Rohit Sharma also scored a century on day one of the match and Pietersen believes the India opener ‘set the tone’ for his side.

‘It was quite a gamble from India, because if they’d lost this toss they would have been in danger of going 2-0 down in the series,’ Pietersen added.

Pietersen and England head coach Chris Silverwood (Picture: Getty)

‘That said, India played the best cricket in this match and deserved to win. Rohit Sharma’s fantastic innings on day one set the tone and the difference between the sides was clear to see from there.

‘Perhaps India showed up England’s players as not being good enough to compete, but I’m not so sure – I just wish we’d seen England’s best side give this Test match the best possible crack.

‘We’ll have to see what the wicket looks like for the third Test, and what sort of team England produce, but the day-night conditions certainly give the visitors the best chance of securing at least a draw from this series.’

The third Test – a day-night match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad – starts on February 24.

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