England likely to rest Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen for ODI series against Australia

Andy Flower said the players are bit weary after four Test matches © Getty Images

Aug 14, 2013 

England team director Andy Flower has hinted that key players will be rested for the five-match One-Day International series, which follows a grueling Ashes campaign.

According to The Telegraph, England are likely to rest key players such as captain Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen from the limited-overs series as they want to give ample amount of rest to the cricketers for the second round of the Ashes later this year.

Flower was quoted as saying, “We are planning towards the one-day series and we have been talking about who needs a rest and who doesn’t.”

“Cook has handled the captaincy really well so far. Like all the players he is probably a bit weary after four Test matches but most of the guys will be feeling that way. But there is a nice break now before the fifth Test next week and he will be absolutely ready for that match,” he added.

Flower concluded, “Pietersen also won’t be available for finals day. He will be rested because of a couple of niggles he has got to his knee and calf. It would have been nice to have made him available but injuries have meant that he can’t. We try to be as fair to the counties as possible and get players back to them but Kevin has played four Test matches this summer and this is an opportunity to rest. We are expecting him to be fit for the final Test.”
England won the Ashes for the third consecutive time when Stuart Broad guided them to a thrilling 74-run win in the fourth Test at Durham.

The fifth Ashes Test begins on August 21 at Kennington Oval in London.