Former England cricketer Alex Tudor has claimed England’s Ashes squad is missing one vital ingredient – Kevin Pietersen.

The former Surrey man, who played in two Ashes series in 1998/99 and 2002/03, believes the dressing room should be able to cope with players of Pietersen’s temperament.

“He would always be in my team,” said Tudor. “When I played, it was a different era – the changing room was a harder place to be, so dealing with a maverick was easier.

“I think it became more difficult for the team when great characters like Andrew Flintoff left. KP became the big fish and nobody would really challenge him.”

He believed making Pietersen the scapegoat after England’s embarrassing 5-0 whitewash in the 2013 Ashes was down to his personality, and the side has little chance of winning without him.

“If he is winning you games, everything is fine,” he said. “But when everything goes wrong, he will get blamed for it – and that is what happened.

“If KP’s different, so what? You don’t have to be mates who go out for a drink together if you’re on a team.

“As it stands, I predict the series will be 3-1 to Australia.”

Tudor was at a cricket coaching session at Cubitt Town School with former England paceman Devon Malcolm.