After Banton fireworks, Thorpe cautions Peterson to compare cricket news

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Manchester: Graham Thorpe wants England batsman Tom Banton to develop farther away from his new batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is developing after former captain Michael Vaughan.
Banton made several emphatic performances during a thrilling innings of 71 off 42 balls in the rain-interrupted first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Friday.
Vaughn is a longtime 21-year-old fan of Banton, stating that he is “a bit like Kevin Peterson the way he hits the ball and sets”.
But England assistant coach Thorpe urged Banton to exercise caution after the first international T20 fifty.
“It’s too early,” said former England batsman Thorpe, whose 100 Test career ended when he made his way to Peterson shortly before Vaughan’s men beat Australia to win the Ashes in 2005.
“Let him (Banton) be comfortable in the environment he is in and let him develop at his own pace as well.
“He is definitely talented, and you can tell that he is very hungry … It is always pleasing when you see someone performing on a big stage as a young boy.”
Iftikhar Ahmed beat Banton at five after giving up a routine slip catch, as a result he struggled before regaining his form in the post-rain match.
“It was not a flyer by any means, but the way he was very impressive with his strokeplay then was impressive,” Thorpe said.
Banton got an opening after Jason Roy suffered a side injury.
And with different red and white-ball squads due to coronovirus in England, many players, including Twenty20 opener Jose Butler, were not considered for the three-match series.
England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan believes the 50-over world champion will have to keep his strongest side if he can win next year’s T20 World Cup in India.
“Obviously they are unusual circumstances this summer,” Thorpe said. He said, “It is necessary for the T20 team as well as the ODI team to try to get the strongest team out, so the players have a habit of taking the positions we want them to bat.
“You also want, if people are injured, people who can come to those positions. If you can step up and perform like this, you will definitely create competition for the squad.”
It was a scene echoed by Banton himself, who said it would make it difficult for the selectors to make him fall.
The way Benton instigated leg-spinner Shadab Khan for several big sixes, apart from fast bowler Haris Rauf’s performance, did well for the T20 World Cup played on spin-friendly Indian balls.
“You saw some skill shots – ramp shots that he played for Rauf, but the way he clearly articulated his plan against spin,” Thorpe said.


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