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Flintoff tips Pietersen to quit England after Ashes

ESPN staff
April 18, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Pietersen will miss the Test matches against New Zealand

Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff has suggested that Kevin Pietersen will retire from international Test cricket following the two forthcoming Ashes series.

Pietersen is currently sidelined with a knee injury, one that is set to rule him out of the two Test matches with New Zealand that start a busy summer for England - with Test and one-day series with Australia following soon after.

Flintoff is confident that the batsman will be back in time to play a pivotal role in the Ashes - as well as the return series Down Under later in 2013 - but has a "sneaking suspicion" that they could prove to be Pietersen's last involvement with England over the five-day format.

Flintoff believes Pietersen, 32, may then decide to leave the international arena in order to focus on the lucrative opportunities available around the world at domestic level.

"I wouldn't read too much into his not playing New Zealand, Kevin will be ready [for the Ashes]," Flintoff told Sky Sports News. "There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months, I expect England to win and expect Kevin to be part of that.

"But I would be quite interested to see if Kevin tries to play Test cricket after that.

"We'll see what happens after that, if he is lured away to play IPL and Twenty20 cricket around the world.

"I've got a sneaking suspicion he'll be looking at those 10 Tests and then consider his future."

Pietersen was then briefly ostracised from the international setup last year, after sending derogatory messages about his team-mates to members of the South Africa squad.

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