Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen feels that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler would have been the better choice as a stand-in skipper than Ben Sokes. Notably, Stokes would lead the England team in the first test against West Indies starting Wednesday as regular skipper Joe Root has made himself unavailable.

Root left the bio-secure environment and returned to Sheffield for the birth of his second child. Root is expected to be back for the final two matches of the series which are currently scheduled to be played at Old Trafford.

While many former cricketers have agreed with the move to appoint Stokes as the stand-in skipper, Pietersen thinks otherwise.

“I wouldn’t have picked Ben Stokes to stand in for Joe Root as captain, I would have picked Jos Buttler,” Pietersen was quoted as saying by

“Stokes is the type of player that I was discussing earlier — he loves the crowd, and he’s a proven performer in testing conditions with a lot of energy around him.

“These will be testing conditions, but there will be no energy at all. That’s something that the players will have to generate for themselves.

“He’s also the best player in the team. Is the best player always the best choice as captain? I’m not so sure,” he added.

Pietersen also stated that it would become difficult for players with each passing day to live in a bio-secure bubble put forward by the officials for their safety.

“I’m actually very glad I’m not a player this summer — I don’t think I would have been able to deal with it,” Pietersen said.

“Players usually have their families, their agents and their sponsors. They can get out and play golf. There is always something going on.

“It’s so important to be able to get away from the game because of the stresses and strains that it places on your mind and body.

“The novelty of this situation might exist for the first Test match or two, but being stuck with each other in a hotel is going to be quite testing by the end of the month. I wouldn’t have been able to get my head around it,” he added.