England news August 3, 2010

Flintoff ruled out for rest of season

Cricinfo staff

Andrew Flintoff's future is once again in major doubt after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season after failing to recover from the knee injury that has sidelined him since last year's Ashes.

It had been hoped that Flintoff would return to second XI action with Lancashire this week but his comeback was initially delayed following concerns over how his knee would react to a one-day game. Now the decision has been taken that he will not be able to resume playing at all this summer.

"Whist Andrew has made significant progress, the combined opinion is that he is not quite ready for a return to cricket," Mike Watkinson, Lancashire's cricket director, said. "He will continue his rehabilitation into the winter months and we will constantly monitor and review his progress so that he is better equipped for a return to action."

This latest setback means he won't be fit to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa during September after he'd been named in Chennai Super Kings' provisional squad for the tournament. There must also be serious doubts over his winter plans which had been expected to included Twenty20 spells in Australia and New Zealand before next year's IPL.

Flintoff underwent knee surgery two days after England regained the Ashes last August and initially aimed to be ready for the start of the season. That soon became unrealistic and he required a further operation to clean up the knee earlier this year which put his recovery back another six months.

Throughout his rehabilitation Flintoff, who retired from Test cricket following the Ashes, has said he is determined to win back his England one-day place and had even set his sights on next year's World Cup in India. That chance now appears to have vanished although there was already a growing feeling that Andy Flower had moved on without Flintoff.

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  • Suman on August 5, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    We want to see u again Freddie....blazing away the Indian bowlers..!

  • Roger on August 5, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Flintoff - most hyped player in cricket history. I would rather watch Collingwood who delivers more than what is expected of him.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(Sad. :(

  • mark on August 4, 2010, 17:02 GMT


  • Prem on August 4, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Maybe its just me, but I don't think he's been serious about wanting to come back after the Ashes were won. I've never seen him half serious' either while practicing' or trying to get fit. He seems satisfied by the legacy that he's created, and wants to just play out the rest of his days as a T20 freelancer.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    He is a fighter.... he will come back......... Freddy is on the same course.... what Owen Hargreaves of manchester is been now..... Once he is fit he will back to the squad........

  • Steven on August 4, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Cairns was better... If Cairns played for England or Australia with exactly the same record as he's got he would be considered a "legend" like Flintoff

    I think freddie should read the writing on the wall

  • aman on August 4, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    but the legend had already been written.....

  • Ben on August 4, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Even if Flintoff returned fully fit for the Ashes he still would not get a place in the England team. England have moved on now and are developing a talented, young side that has no room for Andrew Flintoff. Having said this it is a shame to see one of the best all-rounders slipping into obscurity.

  • Steve on August 4, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    No surprises here - give it up Freddy and retire gracefully.

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