Kevin Pietersen may quit Tests after Ashes: Flintoff

Updated: 22 April 2013 11:36 IST

Former England star all-rounder feels the lure of cash-rich T20 cricket around the world is too big a temptation for English cricketers and KP may just become a specialist T20 gun for hire!

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff feels Kevin Pietersen may quit playing for England after the Ashes in winter to concentrate on a professional career in Twenty20.

Flintoff believes that the lure of lucrative offers like the Indian Premier League could be too strong for Pietersen to resist.

The 32 year-old Pietersen is recovering from a knee problem and will miss the two-Test series against New Zealand next month. He is expected to be available for the Champions Trophy in June and be 100 per cent fit for the first Ashes Test on July 10.

But Flintoff was confident that the star batsman would be fit to play against Australia.

"I wouldn't read too much into him not facing New Zealand, Kevin will be ready for The Ashes. There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months. I expect England to win and expect Kevin to be part of that," Flintoff was quoted in The Sun, UK.

"But I'd be quite interested to see if Kevin tries to play Test cricket after that. Well see if he is lured away by the IPL and Twenty20 cricket around the world. I've a sneaking suspicion he'll look at those 10 Tests, then consider his future," the former England all-rounder, who has flirted with professional boxing, said.

A member of the Delhi Daredevils squad, Pietersen missed out of this edition of the Indian Premier League due to his knee injury.

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