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Video Exclusive: Flintoff – ‘I want to see KP play with the shackles off’

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff

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Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff wants to see Kevin Pietersen at his swashbuckling best this winter and take on the Aussies at their own game.

Ricky Ponting’s men are well known for going hard at the opposition and ‘Freddie’ reckons KP should fight fire with fire.

England’s star batsman has been fairly subdued by his own high standards this summer but Flintoff expects him to bounce back with a bang Down Under.

The Lancashire ace told talksport.co.uk: “I imagine KP will come back from Australia as one of the stars of the series.

“He’s a big match player, we’ve seen that before, and when it’s tough it brings out the best in him.

“The one thing I’d like to see him do is to go out there and play as he can, break the shackles, and play instinctively. If he does that I don’t think he’ll go far wrong.”

And Flintoff is confident that if England ‘front up’, they can pass cricket’s toughest test.

He added: “Everyone’s going on about the ball – the Kookabura, the Duke – but it’s a red ball and you bowl it and you bowl it in the right place.

“The bowlers will have to work harder for their wickets but I think the way the two sides are shaping up we’re looking better. Man for man we’re the better unit.

“It will be about who reacts better to the pressure. The players need to go out there and enjoy themselves and express themselves.

“I can see them doing something special.”

To learn more about Andrew Flintoff’s foundation to build, develop and improve Child Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Units throughout the UK, visit www.affoundation.co.uk

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