Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes Kevin Pietersen will consider his international future following the back-to-back Ashes series.
A knee injury has forced Pietersen out of the two-Test home series against New Zealand, which gets underway at Lord's on 16 May.
The Surrey batsman impressed on the tours to India and New Zealand after his reintegration into the side after he was left out of the final Test against South Africa last year for sending "provocative" messages to Proteas players.
But Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, is convinced Pietersen may opt to walk away from England following the home and away series with Australia.
"I wouldn't read too much into his not playing New Zealand, Kevin will be ready (for the Ashes)," Flintoff told Sky Sports News.
"There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months, I expect England to win and expect Kevin to be part of that.
"But I would be quite interested to see if Kevin tries to play Test cricket after that.
"We'll see what happens after that, if he is lured away to play IPL and Twenty20 cricket around the world.
"I've got a sneaking suspicion he'll be looking at those 10 Tests and then consider his future."