London: Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Kevin Pietersen has been made a scapegoat for England’s Ashes whitewash after having his international career brought to an end.
The England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) announced the end of Pietersen’s association with England earlier this week, citing a need for a new “team ethic and philosophy” after the 5-0 Test series defeat in Australia.
However, Flintoff feels that it is wrong to single out individuals and has questioned the team spirit within the England squad.
“The group doesn’t seem to be a group any more,” he told a British daily. “They’ve got one player who can take the blame and the rest of them want to go about their business and let him take the fall. He’s been made a scapegoat.
“It’s not that we couldn’t bowl them out, not that we couldn’t score runs, not that we got outplayed — it’s Kevin Pietersen’s fault.
“I’d have more respect for some of the senior players if they held their hands up, rather than letting it all get heaped on one bloke.”
With the ECB yet to fully explain its decision to axe Pietersen, Flintoff says that Pietersen case had been used as a smokescreen to shield others from criticism. (PTI)