Petersen, Collingwood not ready for West Indies series: Flower

May 6th, 2009 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 6 (IANS) England coach Andy Flower feels that key players like Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood, who were in South Africa for the Indian Premier League (IPL), are under-prepared for the series against West Indies starting Tuesday.
Flower said the side’s best player Petersen and the experienced Collingwood, along with new comer Ravi Bopara, who have only recently returned from the IPL, are simply not ready for the series.

“They are (under-prepared), without a doubt, with regard to first-class cricket,” Flower was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

England’s other star player, Andrew Flintoff, too, returned home after three games for the Chennai Super Kings to have surgery on his knee that ruled him out of the series.

Collingwood, who was warming the bench for his IPL team Delhi Daredevils, will go into the Test without having played a competitive match since England’s final One-day international in the Caribbean April 3.

“That is ECB policy, that they were allowed to go to the IPL in the first place. But they have had a superb experience, the atmosphere of the tournament has excited them about the game and they have come back really energized for the season ahead,” Flower added.

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