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Geoff answers Twitter questions on Ashes selection dilemmas, batting with WG Grace – and will man walk on Mars?

Posted on | June 24, 2015 | 5 Comments

Geoffrey Boycott has called for England to consider dropping Ian Bell for Kevin Pietersen for this summer’s Ashes series.

Taking part in an exclusive Twitter Q&A with Telegraph readers, the former England captain said that the Warwickshire batsman has become vulnerable after a poor run of form which has dented his confidence.

The Ashes begin on July 8 and while England have maintained that Pietersen is not available for selection, Boycott is urging them to have a rethink.

Asked if he would have Pietersen in the current Test team and who should drop out as a result, he said: “It’s a straight swap for Bell at the moment.

“Bell seems to lack confidence and belief in himself at the moment, which is crazy really because he has all the talent in the world. KP would be better player than him at this moment.”

In a wide-ranging discussion with readers, Boycott also said that Joe Root has the potential to become one of England’s all-time greats, he called for Alastair Cook to show faith in Adil Rashid and named the player he would most like to open the batting with.

He also delivered his verdict on one of the most pressing issues of our time – whether we will ever see man walk on Mars: “You might – but you have to remember it takes a long time to get to Mars. And a long time to get back.”

See the video on the Telegraph website

 

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