The Ashes: Andy Flower says England will take care of Kevin Pietersen
Coach Andy Flower says England will need to look after key batsman Kevin Pietersen in order to prolong his career.
Last Updated: 06/08/13 10:55pm
The 33-year-old Pietersen has missed three out of eight Tests this year and was only passed fit for the third Ashes Test at the last minute.
He went on to make a key century at Old Trafford as England managed to salvage a draw and retain their 2-0 series lead but described himself as an "old man" after the innings.
And Flower said: "He'll have to look after himself as well as possible now, because he's in his early 30s.
"From experience, and talking to guys who have played at that age, everything seems to hurt a little bit more after long days in the field and after big innings.
"The players that play all three forms of the game, we do try to look after them in as wise a way as possible.
"Kevin's one of those guys, and in his early 30s, so we do take him out of certain competitions when it's necessary, just like we do with Jimmy Anderson, and might do with Alastair Cook in the future."
The fourth Test starts at Chester-Le-Street on Friday and Flower hinted that seamers Chris Tremlett and Graham Onions will be in the mix for places in the starting XI.
"We're totally focused on winning this series, and they are in the squad for a reason and available to play," he said.
"We are quite willing to be flexible on that front. We thought Tremlett's type of bowling was more useful at Old Trafford, and he was the spare bowler if anyone had gone down on the morning of the game.
"Up at Durham might be slightly different, and Onions has been in good form all summer."