Target Pietersen, Flintoff : Tendulkar

Published: Friday, June 12, 2009, 14:19 [IST]
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Sachin tells Aussies to target KP, Fred

London: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has advised Aussies to target Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff if they want to retain the Ashes in England this year.

Sachin believes that England will 'heavily depend' on Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff  in the upcoming ashes series.

Four years ago England snatched back Ashes after 16 years of Australian domination. Australia bounced back strongly in 2007 and whitewashed England 5-0 to regain the coveted trophy.

Tendulkar admits he is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Ashes series.

"One thing I can tell you is it's going to be an exciting series because last time the Ashes took place in England it was one of the best series I've ever witnessed," he said.

England obviously will heavily rely on a couple of players who are in my mind Pietersen and Flintoff and the rest of the players will have to deliver"

"Australia have aggressive players and a well balanced bowling attack but it will be a great series to watch.

"I cannot say who will win, it's a tough question. The last (Ashes) series in England (in 2005 which England won 2-1) was one of the best I have ever witnessed - it was a treat for every cricket follower. I see no difference this time and it will be very exciting."

Tendulkar, not taking part in the ongoing World Twenty20 in England having opted out of international cricket in this format, warned the South Africa born Pietersen not to attempt to win the Ashes on his own, despite his status as England's batting talisman.

"He can't be thinking of carrying the hopes of a nation when he's walking out to bat," he added. "All the England batsmen have to go out there and express themselves and be fearless in their approach.

"That's what I did when I started in Test cricket. I was thinking about feeling at home - I had to follow the bowler as best as I could and react so I just focused on that and didn't think of anything else."

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