Andrew Flintoff has admitted that standing in for Michael Vaughan as England cricket teamâ€™s captain had given him a taste for leading his country.
All-rounder Flintoff took over the captaincy from Vaughan in India and led England to a highly creditable 1-1 Test series draw in a campaign where the tourists were without several key players because of injury and illness. And with Vaughanâ€™s knee injury still keeping the Yorkshire batsman on the sidelines, Flintoff is set to lead the team on home soil in the first Test against Sri Lanka starting at Lordâ€™s here on Thursday. â€œGetting the chance to captain your country is always an honour and itâ€™s something I want to do more often to be honest,â€ the 28-year-old Lancashire star said. â€œTo have the chance to do it at Lordâ€™s this week is going to be fantastic. To lead the side out at Lordâ€™s, the home of cricket, in a Test match, I donâ€™t think you could ask for anything more,â€ he added. With England quicks Stephen Harmison (shin), Simon Jones (knee) and James Anderson (back) all missing through injury, England could hand a debut to in-form Gloucestershire seamer Jon Lewis. The 30-year-old took nine wickets in England Aâ€™s conclusive win over Sri Lanka and last week and conditions could be ideal for Lewis in what will be the earliest Test match ever staged in England, on May 11. â€œLordâ€™s is always a special place to play,â€ Lewis said. â€œIâ€™ve played some big one-day finals there for Gloucestershire and theyâ€™ve gone well. I feel comfortable at Lordâ€™s and comfortable with the surroundings. Itâ€™s the best ground in the world. â€œTo play any game at Lordâ€™s is a pleasure and an honour so to play for England there would be even more of one.â€
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