Flintoff lashes out at ECB for axing Pietersen

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“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”

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for axing batsman Kevin Pietersen following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

Flintoff also slammed the ECB for holding Pietersen responsible for the side’s poor performance in the land down under.

“The group doesn’t seem to be a group any more,” Flintoff told the Daily Mail. “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.

“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.

“If his attitude was that bad, why did he play five Tests? Who made the decision to drop him? Do they genuinely believe we are better off without him, or are they just fearful for their own jobs and too afraid to say no?

“I can’t imagine what Kevin could have done, or what the ECB could announce, that would allow this to make sense.”

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