Flintoff set for Champions Trophy return


Star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has announced plans of making an early international comeback and would captain England in this fall’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in India.

Flintoff, out of action because of an ankle injury, is set to return at the Champions Trophy but would only be playing as a specialist batsman.

The England skipper missed the series against Pakistan and was only scheduled to return to the squad for the Ashes getting underway in Australia in November. But he made better than expected progress in his rehabilitation which included two practice sessions in the nets last week.

Flintoff underwent a second operation on his troublesome left ankle last month, something that initially ruled him out of international cricket for several weeks.

After missing the four-match Test series against Pakistan earlier this summer, Flintoff was planning to play in the one-day series that got underway with a Twenty20 game at Bristol on Monday. But he broke down in a county game last month and lost all hopes of playing against Inzamam-ul-Haq’s men.

Now, he is all set to feature in England’s 14-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be announced on September 7. England’s Ashes squad would be named four days later.

Flitoff would not be bowling in India to avoid putting any extra load on his ankle but expects to be fully fit ahead of the Ashes trip.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on August 31st, 2006 with no comments.
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