Andrew Flintoff has called it time to go from the longest format of the game after
finding himself injured once again before the start of the Lord's test match in
the Ashes. However, it has been reported that Flintoff will be available to play
in the shortened formats; the ODIs and the T20 cricket.
Flintoff has had many issues with injuries, and on most occasions with injuries
on his legs. His most recent problem was with a knee injury that saw him play
only three games in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings,
before returning back for an operation. This injury meant that he was not able
to feature in the either the two test match series against West Indies,
or the ICC World T20 that followed after that. He was reported fit for the first
Ashes test match but then complained of soreness and swelling on the same knee
that had needed surgery.
Flintoff has also missed 25 out of the last 48 games that his side has played
since the last Ashes that were played in England in 2005. His average with the
bat has been 28.25, while it is 34.68 with the ball in 23 Tests but he has not
managed a century or five wickets in an innings in any series since then.
Talking to the Press Association Sport, he said that his body has had enough
and has told him to stop. He also explained that he has had four ankle operations
and this was followed by the problems with his knee which he took as a hint
With his participation for the Lord's test match in doubt, he gathered his
team mates in the net sessions on Wednesday, and broke out the decision to them.
The captain of the team, Andrew Strauss that while everyone was saddened
by the news, they all had seen it coming and hoped that it will motivate him
to perform even better in the rest of the games.
Flintoff, on his part, said that he will do everything to get on to the field
for the remaining four test matches. He added that he was desperate to make
his mark and I want to finish playing for England on a high and if one
looked at the fixtures going forward, the way his body is suggests he won't
be able to get through that.