20 Oct 2012

Flintoff backs Pietersen to come back with a bang

11:02 am on 20 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen is likely to come out with all guns blazing when he returns to the England cricket squad for next month's test series in India, according to former team-mate Andrew Flintoff.

The South African-born batsman was recalled by England this week after being dropped following a controversial text-message row.

Flintoff told the BBC when Kevin's got a point to prove he usually proves it with the bat.

Pietersen, 32, who averages 49.48 from 88 tests, was dropped for the third and final test against South Africa at Lord's in August after admitting sending provocative texts to the opposition.

However, he denied allegations he told them how to dismiss former skipper Andrew Strauss who retired from cricket after South Africa won the test series 2-0.