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Anderson cautious over Flintoff

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May 27, 2014

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Andrew Flintoff had an unexpected net at Old Trafford, Lancashire v Warwickshire, County Championship, Division One, April 15, 2010
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James Anderson has sounded a cautious note about the potential T20 comeback of Andrew Flintoff but said even if a playing return, five years after he last appeared professionally, does not happen then Flintoff's presence around young players can have a huge impact.

After subsiding in the last week or so, after he picked up an ankle injury, talk of Flintoff returning for Lancashire in the T20 Blast is gathering pace again after he warmed-up with the first team ahead of the second day of the Roses match against Yorkshire.

Lancashire continue to say little about the situation - just that it remains an "ongoing" - but Anderson acknowledged that ensuring Flintoff was ready for the intensity of professional level again could be a deciding factor. Due to his ankle injury Flintoff has not been able to turn out for the 2nd XI.

"I would be in favour if he is fit and bowling well, of course," Anderson said. "With someone who has been out of the game for so long the issue would be fitness and getting up to match intensity."

Flintoff was initially brought in by Lancashire to work with the academy and youth-team players which led him to bat and bowl in the nets. When it was seen how rapidly the ball came out and that the middle of the bat was being located the seeds of a comeback where sown. Regardless, though, of what the playing future holds Anderson sees great value in Flintoff's involvement.

"I think it was quite a smart move from the coaches' point of view," he said. "You can see the young guys being around him and learning from him so to have that knowledge to tap into is great. From a playing point of view we'll see."

Lancashire's next T20 Blast match is on Thursday against Durham at Chester-le-Street before a home fixture against Warwickshire on Friday.

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Posted by lebigfella on (May 30, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

I like James Anderson... or Jimmy as I like to call him. As for the return of Flintoff we must all be mindful that returns from long lay offs rarely ever work... apart from a bit of extra revenue through the turnstiles. I have a bad feeling that Flintoff may need to change his name to Limpoff this evening. On another note I must mention Sachin Tendulkar totally out of context... as is my prerogative.

Posted by anver777 on (May 28, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

No wonder Flintoff is hunger for T20 format... If his fitness permits, why not have a go !!!! even Aus recalled Brad Hogg & Brad Hodge for T20I in the final stage of their careers. Freddie is only 36 & with his style of play, he can taste success in T20 !!! Come back Fred, we cricket lovers need you for few more years....

Posted by nonstoptaxii on (May 28, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

hes only 36, seems he was inspired by the tambe and hodge

Posted by Flash_hard27 on (May 28, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

No, no, no.

Fred, you were a hero. Please don't tarnish the great memories

Posted by WillDuff on (May 28, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

My guess is he wants a piece of the IPL fame and riches...

Posted by paringogri on (May 28, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

It's not the first time a retired player is coming back. In my opinion you cannot rule anyone out if a person is match-fit and has gained confidence of team and management through domestic season. Rest everything are gossip points.

FYI - On lighter note, Shahid Afridi is so well versed with this situation. Note: Boom-Boom fan from India!

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (May 28, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Out: Anderson, In: Flintoff = a better England team but not the right way to go

It should be - Out: Anderson, In: Finn and persist with the guy and support him

Will the selectors have a similar foresight? Me thinks not...

Posted by kensohatter on (May 28, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

I remember a time when Australia was mocked for having old players... This is surely a joke. Id love nothing more than to see Flintoffs name for the first test of the next ashes but thats only cause im australian!

Posted by Pacelikefire_Samrat on (May 28, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

@ms.cricket:Lol..ur spot on maám...The way Anderson & Co are bowling at present,aint a bad day to welcome Flintoff to the fold ;)

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (May 27, 2014, 22:53 GMT)

Given how Anderson is currently bowling, a retired Flintoff would easily do better :)

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