Flintoff backs Pietersen to ‘be at his best’ against India
London: Former England captain Andrew Flintoff has tipped Kevin Pietersen to prove his doubters wrong during the Test series against India, and believes the South Africa born batsman would be at his best during their tour to the sub continental giants.
Pietersen, who was dropped in August for sending provocative texts to South Africa players, was added to the squad for the India tour after a successful reintegration process, and Flintoff believes its good news for Captain Alastair Cook.
“I think [captain] Alastair Cook might benefit from this”, Flintoff told BBC Sport. “He might get KP at his best. When Kevin`s got a point to prove he usually proves it with the bat,” BBC quoted Flintoff, as saying.
“When people get on his case he comes out swinging and scores runs. We saw that when he came into the international game in South Africa and he just kept scoring hundreds. In his last innings, he got a hundred at Headingley and saved England,” he added.
Flintoff also expects Pietersen`s reintegration to be more difficult for certain teammates than it will be for the controversial batsman himself.
“I think Kev will be fine. It might be a bit more uncomfortable for some of the others who have not been too kind in books, in paper reports and in interviews,” Flintoff 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 wins it will quickly be forgotten,” he added.