Andrew Flintoff's injury woes

'The next time I get injured, I will be gone' - Flintoff

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October 4, 2009

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A penny for your thoughts: Andrew Flintoff takes a break from training, The Oval, August 18, 2009
Andrew Flintoff: "I've been injured since I was 13." © Getty Images
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While rumours of his future career moves continue to swirl, Andrew Flintoff has admitted that he is one injury away from calling it quits. Flintoff is to spend the next three months in Dubai to aid his recovery from the latest operation to his right knee and make a return to England's one-day team as their star allrounder, but did not mince words when assessing himself.

"The next time I get injured, I will be gone," he was quoted as saying by PA Sport. "Realistically, with the operation I've had, I have a limited shelf-life. I'll try to draw that out for as long as I can.

"But if the knee or anything else goes, that will pretty much be it. I've been injured since I was 13. Me and bowling have never actually gone together."

Flintoff, 31, retired from Test cricket at the end of England's Ashes-winning summer, and 24 hours after helping them regain the urn he underwent arthroscopy to his injured right knee. He admitted in a newspaper interview last month hat there is a chance he may never play again, but his main ambition remains to play in another World Cup and has targeted the one-day leg of England's tour of Bangladesh next February as a realistic date for a comeback.

His latest bout of rehabilitation suffered a minor setback in early September when it was revealed that he was afflicted by deep vein thrombosis in his right calf, though the ECB was quick to release a statement describing it as "a common complication of surgery".

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Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 5, 2009, 17:33 GMT)

If he is just one injury away from calling it quits then why does he not leave before the next injury. Common sense should tell him to give his body the rest of his life and to look after it.Hard I know when you are used to such activity but something he should consider I s any game worth more pain and suffering? Otherwise the selectors should tell him it would be nice ltop have him but he is not really needed. Time to go Freddie!

Posted by fahad.butt on (October 5, 2009, 14:03 GMT)

I think Flintoff is the only match winner all-rounder in the english side. He has made some significant performances both with the bat and the bowl. Without him, the english side looks 'incomplete'. He is like the backbone of the side and he performs whenever his team needs him. When Flintoff is in for a bat, you never know what might happen. Its really sad when such great players have to retire in such manner. I would definately like to see him play the 2011 world cup.

Posted by stugul on (October 5, 2009, 13:32 GMT)

Whoah, Whoah, Whoah everybody. Calm down. I think some objectivity is called for here. Flintoff is a good player with some outstanding performances who's body has given up on him. He realises that more than anyone. Regarding media hype and over-inflated player assessments - yes, the english media are guilty of this but I seem to remember the same happening when India came back to beat Australia (Laxman big runs) and Harbhajan took all of those wickets. Was this not also the "greatest series" of all time? Was Harbhajan not the greatest player of all time? In both respects the answer is no. The media have copies to sell and so they hype up players and series to do so. It is not Flintoff's, or KP's or Ishant Sharma's or Munaf Patel's or Muhammed Asif's or Stuart Broad's or Mitchell Johnson's or Morne Morkel's or JP Duminy's fault that they are marked as the next big thing. It sells copy; it does not mean the individuals think they are great. Think about it before laying in to everyone.

Posted by rohanbala on (October 5, 2009, 10:11 GMT)

I fully agree with Gun88Gun88 and Markworthy... No wonder, Flintoff and KP belong to the great "pretending" team (England) which is still basking in the 2005 Ashes glory.

Posted by Nagapattinam-Kunjumani on (October 5, 2009, 8:14 GMT)

Talent together with performance and stats make one a great player. Flintoff, IMHO, is a good bowler who can hold the bat. From what has been going on in the recent times, we get a feeling that he's being treated like a demi-god, which is disgusting, to say the least. English cricket has a long way to go! Stop bragging and start performing!

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (October 5, 2009, 7:49 GMT)

I wonder how strongly build people like Flintoff are so much injury prone.

Posted by Yorker_ToeCrusher on (October 5, 2009, 7:46 GMT)

Flintoff is an outstanding cricketer from all angles.He has produced some of the most nastiest bowling spells and and he stood up and get counted when England really needed some one.For me he is an not an overrated player,but an under achiever sidelined by injuries.Cricket needs charecters like him which sadly is not in good supply. -sreekanth,bangalore

Posted by Shahzad_Tirmizi on (October 5, 2009, 7:42 GMT)

Flintoff is an excellent cricketer & its so sad that he may retire at the age of just 31. Nowadays cricketers have became so greedy they risk their fitness while playing tournaments like IPL just for the sake for money. Now if Flintoff just quit playing IPL he may pro-long his international career.

Posted by kpisthebest on (October 5, 2009, 6:53 GMT)

From what I saw of Anderson on some of the flattest wickets in the Caribbean in 2009 I would definitely say he has improved as a bowler.

So there is no need to criticise a bowler who is steadily improving in an article which is not even related to him!!!

Posted by Avery_Mann on (October 5, 2009, 4:19 GMT)

Tedious, over-hyped and underachieving - the English cricket world (players, commentators, writers) in a nutshell.

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