Kevin Pietersen made England's scapegoat for Ashes whitewash: Andrew Flintoff

With the ECB yet to fully explain its decision to axe Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff says that the South Africa-born batsman's case had been used as a smokescreen to shield others from criticism.

updated: February 09, 2014 02:28 IST
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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. (Read: KP's pop star wife starts Twitter war to find out why hubby was sacked)

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. (Read: Kevin Pietersen and ECB: A match made in hell)

However, Flintoff feels that it is wrong to single out individuals and has questioned the team spirit within the England squad. (Read: British PM defends Pietersen)

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