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England ODI side: Nick Knight says young players must learn quickly
I firmly believe Ben Stokes should go to the IPL...
Last Updated: 28/01/14 10:49am
After watching the tourists fail to chase down Australia's total of 217 in the final ODI in Adelaide despite being 154-3 in the 36th over, Knight feels England's young squad need to toughen up in the coming months - starting with the upcoming Twenty20 internationals and next month's tour of the West Indies.
"This is a big, big year for one-day international cricket with the World Cup at the end of it and I believe English cricketers should be exposed to that kind of pressure more," said the former England opener.
"They've got themselves into positions where they can win a game but they haven't followed it through, and that will concern [one-day coach] Ashley Giles."
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been one of the few highlights of a wretched tour of Australia on which the tourists have been crushed 5-0 in the Ashes and 4-1 in the one-day series.
Stokes' attitude and ability played a match-winning role in England's sole international victory on tour and Knight believes that the 22-year-old is one of several players who could benefit from mixing it with one-day specialists in the IPL.
"I firmly believe Ben Stokes should go to the IPL and experience what's it like to play in front of those crowds with the pressure on, so that when he comes back to international cricket he's got a handle on that type of pressure," he said.
"The IPL and the Big Bash attract big crowds and generate a big atmosphere. It's good to see English players in the mix, under pressure and learning from that type of experience because their decision-making may get better.
"I thought Chris [Jordan] looked pretty raw against Australia and I think we can only see better things from him.
"Jos Buttler is becoming more consistent. We see the work he can do in domestic cricket for Somerset and we'll see that with Lancashire. Eoin Morgan has come back and looks fantastic as a one-day player."
England will play three one-day internationals against the West Indies at Antigua's Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground before tackling their hosts in as many T20 internationals, at the at the Kensington Oval, in Barbados, and Knight says there is some cause for optimism.
"There are things to be positive about, there are things to be encouraged about throughout this five-match series," he reflected.
"But the key moments - the pressure moments - England are continuing to fail. And that's an area Ashley Giles has to look at."
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