Kevin Pietersen revealed his delight at Andrew Flintoff's return to prime form as England amassed 407 all out on day one of the second Test against Australia at Edgbaston.
Flintoff hammered five sixes and six fours in his 68 off only 62 balls, with Pietersen content to play a supporting role in a partnership of 103 from only 105 balls.
Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff has struggled for runs this summer after his return from an ankle operation, but he looked in menacing form as he hit three sixes off Shane Warne and two off Brett Lee.
Pietersen, who went on to make 71, said: "We've been wanting Freddie to score runs for ages and it was fantastic for me to see.
"I was playing second fiddle to him. He batted brilliantly and I was just so happy to see him get some runs and clear the fence on five occasions. It was good to watch."
Flintoff said: "I think there was more positive intent in the way I batted.
"I haven't scored too many runs of late. In the past week since the Lord's Test I've been working hard on my technique and on areas in which I'm going to score.
"I went out there in a positive mindset. But it wasn't reckless."
Flintoff believes England are in a strong position after registering their highest first-day total in a Test since the Second World War.
He said: "We are pleased we've got 400 on the board. After last week at Lord's, it gives the bowlers something to bowl at."
England were aided by the late withdrawal of Australia paceman Glenn McGrath with an ankle injury when he stepped on to a cricket ball which had been laid out for fielding drills. McGrath is targeting a return to Ashes action in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge in three weeks' time.