Kevin Pietersen will be back with a bang: Flintoff

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Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 14:22 [IST]
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KP will be back with a bang: Flintoff

London, Oct 20: Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, defended Kevin Pietersen and said that the stylish right-hander will be back with a bang after he was named in the Test squad for the four-match Test series against India from Nov 15.

Pietersen was recalled for the series against India, after he was dropped from the Test squad for the third Test against South Africa, which England lost 0-2.

Andrew Flintoff, who decided to launch himself as a professional boxer after retiring from international cricket in 2010, said that Pietersen has a point to prove after being axed from the squad despite good form.

"When Kevin's got a point to prove he usually proves it with the bat," retired all-rounder Flintoff told the BBC. I think (new captain) Alastair Cook might benefit from all this. He might get KP at his best."

Moreover Flintoff added saying that whenever such things happen Kevin Pietersen would come back strongly, which would benefit the new captain Alastair Cook this time.

"When people get on Kevin's case he comes out swinging and scoring runs," said Flintoff.

"We saw that when he came into the one-day international game in South Africa (in 2004) and he just kept scoring hundreds. I think Kev will be fine. It might be a bit more uncomfortable for some of the others who have not been too kind to him in books, in paper reports and in interviews," he said.

"Everyone's got an ego, maybe there are a few clashing in that dressing room at the minute and they just need to put them to one side and carry on. If Pietersen starts scoring runs and England win it will all quickly be forgotten."

Flintoff also said that despite all the controversies and the relationship between the players in the dressing room, England players wanted Pietersen in the dressing room.

"He is different but if you want Kevin the player, you have Kevin (the person as well)," said Flintoff, who represented England in 79 Tests.

"I think his qualities as a player outweigh everything, like everyone else he needs a bit of encouragement. When you are as good as he is you need an arm round the shoulder and you need the backing of the team," concluded Flintoff.


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