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Beware of Pietersen and Flintoff: Gillespie

cricket Updated: Jul 07, 2009 18:28 IST

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Former pacer Jason Gillespie considers the duo of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen as the biggest threat to Australia's Ashes chances against England.

The first Ashes Test starts in Cardiff tomorrow and Gillespie also said that Australia cannot afford to take fringe players like Ravi Bopara and Graeme Swann lightly.

"They had Ashley Giles in 2005 who did an under-rated job and played on the Australian egos a little bit," said Gillespie was quoted as saying in 'Adelaide Now'.

"I know Australians think that it was negative cricket the way Giles bowled to right-handers but it was effective.

"Now, Swann has been bowling pretty well. To give him credit, he has been good for England," he added.

Gillespie urged the visitors to be on guard against Pietersen and Flintoff.

"They are two gun players and the England management will certainly be doing everything in their power to ensure they are fit and raring to go," said Gillespie, who took 259 wickets in 71 Tests.