Kevin Pietersen says he should not shoulder the sole responsibility for overcoming the loss of Andrew Flintoff to England's line-up for the remainder of the summer.
Without the inspirational all-rounder, who expects to be sidelined for three months when he undergoes a second operation on his left ankle, England may struggle for inspiration for the remainder of the npower Test series against Pakistan.
Hampshire batsman Pietersen is capable of producing the inspirational match-winning displays which Flint-off has delivered but says England must shoulder the collective responsibility if they are to fill the massive void left by Flintoff for the remainder of the series against Pakistan.
He said: "This creates an opportunity for the youngsters and creates opportunities for someone else to come in, do well and play for England.
"I'm not really there to shoulder the responsibility of the whole England team -these blokes are all top-class international players, so it's not just up to me to shoulder the pressure.
"It will be a pretty big series to win without Freddie but we will be giving everything we can to beat Pakistan. It's all about 11 blokes going out there and doing their best for England, not just for me to go out there and try to do well."
Pietersen conceded that missing Flintoff would be "a big blow, but injuries are injuries and it's just a case of wishing him well."
He added: "We hope he will get himself right, to get back on that field for the Ashes, which he says he will do. He's a big influence on the dressing-room. He messes around and jokes about and he will be someone that is missed."
Pietersen will be the centre of attention from the Old Trafford crowd at Thursday's second Test in the absence of local hero Flintoff. The Hampshire batsman will assemble with the rest of the squad today. The first match in the four-Test series was drawn.
Pakistan will also have their key player missing at Old Trafford with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, the only current player to have recorded a 100mph delivery, having been sidelined for several months, firstly with a knee operation and then a persistent ankle problem.
Shoaib has been practising with Warwickshire to increase his fitness levels, a move which has caused some to accuse the Bears of undermining England.
But Pietersen was fully supportive of Warwickshire and hopes their example may rub off on Australian clubs when England seek to arrange match practice for Flintoff and other returning injury victims.
Asked about Warwickshire helping Shoaib, Pietersen said: "Why be horrible, why make enemies? Shoaib is an enter-tainer and we want to see him back on the field.
"We want to win the series, but we also want to see Shoaib back playing. Hopefully, Australia will view this the same way and see Fred as an entertainer because it will be great to have him back for the Ashes.
"Surely, they would want to see Andrew Flintoff back playing in the Ashes like everyone in the world wants to see Shoaib running in and bowling at 100mph.
"My mental preparation doesn't change whether Shoaib is playing or not, but it does give you that extra kick and that extra buzz - it's more of a challenge because it's no fun having someone running in who bowls at 95-100mph."
Shoaib and Pietersen yesterday helped to promote the urban cricket scheme for schoolchildren at Heaton Park, near Manchester. As part of the scheme, Test sponsors npower will hand out 60,000 urban cricket sets, which comprise a plastic bat, stumps and a soft ball, to children throughout the summer.
Shoaib, meanwhile, is promising England he will bowl faster than ever before if he can persuade Pakistan's management he is fit enough to return for the third Test, at Headingley a week on Friday. His most recent Test was against India in Karachi last February.
He said: "The ankle is good, it's recovering. I've bowled around three or four times with the full run-up and that's been no problem.
"Everything I do is calculated and we're not taking any chances. We have a long, tough year ahead of us, so we've been very sensible. If it was up to me, then I could play tomorrow for Pakistan."