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Broad can fill Flintoff's void in Test team: KP

cricket Updated: Aug 24, 2009 15:47 IST

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Talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff's Test retirement has left a huge void in the English team but Kevin Pietersen feels it can be filled by Stuart Broad.

"His (Flintoff's) retirement would leave a void in any side. But in England's case, it is one that Stuart Broad, can certainly fill," Pietersen wrote in his column for The News of the World.

Pietersen, who is currently nursing an Achilles' injury, described Broad an intelligent cricketer, who can do well with both the bat and the ball.

Broad took a five-for and put in valuable contributions with the bat --with the scores of 37 and 29 -- in the decisive fifth Test which England won by 197 runs.

"Yes, I know it is a big call. And a big burden of expectation. The last thing Stuart would want or need is to be called the new Freddie. And he won't be. He's his own player," Pietersen said.

"He has shown in this game - and others - that he can become a world-class all-rounder for England. His performance in this fifth Test has shown that he has accepted the responsibility of becoming England's number one all-rounder now that Freddie is leaving the Test match scene," he added.