Australia domestic news August 23, 2010

Flintoff hopeful of joining Queensland for T20s

Cricinfo staff
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Andrew Flintoff has given his strongest indication that he will be fit to join Queensland's Twenty20 campaign in January following his lengthy rehabilitation from knee surgery. Flintoff hasn't played since England won the Ashes last year and was hoping to return for Lancashire this month before delaying his comeback again.

"I'm a bit frustrated, I was meant to play for Lancashire over the past few weeks but seeing the physio and seeing where I'm at, I can't run properly, so it was decided that I probably shouldn't start quite yet," Flintoff told Sky Sports. "It's just postponed a little bit so I'm back in the gym with the physio trying to get fit.

"There's the option of playing in Queensland in January for them in the Twenty20, which I'd like to do. But more important is Lancashire next year. I'm not quite sure what is realistic at this moment in time. I'm still getting a few twinges in the knee and can't move as well as I'd like to."

Queensland tried to sign Flintoff for last year's tournament and are hoping he will be fit enough to join them for the Big Bash. "He's heard from us and is interested," a spokesman said. "We assume it fits in with his plans. The issue is, is he going to be right?"

The Bulls, who have finished third in the tournament over the past two years, have Andrew Symonds on their books. They are also open to Daniel Vettori returning in 2010-11 after he made a couple of appearances last year.