Post-Operation Boost For Andrew Flintoff
After being giving encouraging news following his knee operation, Andrew Flintoff has set his sights on playing all cricket for Lancashire in the 2010 season.
He had originally planned to play One-Day and Twenty20 cricket for his county but a routine arthroscopy operation this week has given him a more optimistic outlook.
My goals have changed since last summer,” Flintoff said. “I trust the surgeon, Andy Williams, implicitly and he is very pleased with the progress of the micro-fracture operation.
“When I first had the operation I did not think I would be able to play anything other than one-day cricket, but the news of my recovery has led me to believe I may play in all forms of cricket for Lancashire.
“First and foremost I have to prove to myself that I can regain my fitness and perform for Lancashire. My first love remains playing for Lancashire and I want to help them win trophies and hopefully I can help achieve that later this summer.”
He will, however, not be able to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the third edition of the Indian Premier League.
“It is disappointing not to be able to play for Chennai, who have been very supportive throughout my time with them, but I took this decision because I love playing cricket and want to give myself the best chance of extending my career.
“I have worked extremely hard over the last few months to get to this position and realise there is a lot more hard work in front of me if I want to return and play international cricket again.
“But if I am going to go through another six months of hard rehabilitation and training for long hours, I need a big incentive to be the driving force of that and playing for Lancashire and England again will become that.
“During my time in rehabilitation I have been watching England playing well in South Africa and it has made me realise how much I have missed cricket. For the first time in my career I have watched old footage of myself playing on youtube and I want to get back to playing like that again.”
Flintoff has retired from Test cricket but remains committed to England in limited overs cricket.
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