Andy Flower and many people using a price per head sportsbook backed “superstar” Kevin Pietersen to make his mark on the Ashes series.
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that on Sunday, the 33-year-old returned to the England side for a warm-up match against Essex – the last one before the first Test taking place at Trent Bridge.
Early in March, Pietersen was forced home from New Zealand due to a knee injury, which concerned many fans using a price per head sportsbook, but last week a County Championship century for Surrey confirmed that he made a good return.
And Flower, England coach, said: “I am very happy he is back.
“It was great to see him get that score at Leeds. But it was also great to see how he was in the nets with us prior to that. He looked very confident and was moving well.
“He is very important to our side. He is a superstar with the bat who can dominate and intimidate opposition.
“He is a big physical presence and a big personality, and those people influence sporting contests.”
The player will move into the middle order of a batting line-up, and many pundits using a price per head sportsbook are certain that it will be led by Joe Root and Alastair Cook on July 10 in Nottingham.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Root was able to rise above Nick Compton in the pecking order, but Flower said: “I would not write off Compton’s chances of taking part in the Ashes.
“A lot can happen. His only option at the moment is to score as many runs as he can so that he is viewed as being in excellent form if we wanted to call on another batsman.”
When asked why the player was dropped, Flower said: “Because in our judgement Joe Root will score more runs than anyone else competing for the opening spot.
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