Pietersen return pleases Flintoff
Former England star Andrew Flintoff can see Kevin Pietersen making a smooth transition back to Test cricket if the side start winning.
Having put pen to paper on a four-month central contract with the ECB on Wednesday, Pietersen was named in the squad who will travel to the subcontinent next month to take on India.
The 32-year-old has not played for the national side since the text saga which marred the second Test against South Africa at Headingley back in August.
However, Pietersen is set for a return to action on the international stage in India next month and Flintoff believes England must start winning to make the transition easier for the batsman.
He said: "I'm sure there'll be a few words in the dressing room, in certain ears, to make sure it's a smooth transition going back in.
"But in a few months' time, if we start performing well in India, this will be forgotten.
"What tends to happen is that when a team's doing well, everyone talks about the team spirit, togetherness and how everyone gets on. It's tested when you don't perform."