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Andrew Flintoff admits one former England teammate was a 'nightmare' to captain

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Freddie Flintoff has revealed that Kevin Pietersen was a “****ing nightmare” to captain.

The two cricketers never played with each other at county level but regularly featured in the same England set-up. The most famous of which was England’s 2005 Ashes series win over Australia.

In 2006, Flintoff was named England test captain and therefore lead the likes of South African-born Pietersen on a tour of India.

The 39-year old has since revealed his former teammate was a handful to manage.

The cricketers reunited for Sky’s A League Of Their Own, due for broadcast on Thursday. They were tasked to take part in a synchronised diving challenge against former England football teammates John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp.

Flintoff gave KP the reigns of their team on the Sky One show.

The all-rounder stated: "I think that the diving today is going to be one thing, but working in cohesion with Kevin is going to be the biggest challenge," as per The Mirror.

"We’ve both captained each other and I’m sure that if you asked him what it was like to captain me, it was a bit of a challenge. However captaining Kevin was an ****ing nightmare."

England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen

Flintoff played his entire domestic career for Lancashire, spanning fifteen years and knocked over 7,000 runs in all forms for England, taking 400 wickets.

He also achieved his record wicket haul for a single innings in the 2005 Ashes series, claiming 5-78 in the fifth test. He was the third highest run scorer on 402 runs behind Marcus Trescothick on 431 and Pietersen on 473.

Flintoff was unfortunate enough to captain England to an embarrassing 5-0 whitewash defeat in the 2006-07 tour of Australia.

England cricketers Kevin Pietersen (2-L)

Both appeared in the 2009 home Ashes victory, Flintoff playing all five tests with Pietersen dropping out through injury after the second test.

Pietersen would go onto play a big part in England’s first Ashes victory Down Under for 24 years in 2011.

Pietersen was selected for four Ashes series wins before ignominiously leaving the England set up following the 5-0 whitewash defeat in the 2013-14 tour of Australia.

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