Andrew Flintoff is poised to make a shock return to cricket after Lancashire announced they are in talks to bring back the former England captain for their NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
Flintoff has not played competitively in nearly five years and bowed out of the international game in a blaze of glory by helping England regain the Ashes in 2009.
His retirement from all cricket, due to a succession of injuries, was officially confirmed in September 2010.
Flintoff's old county have, however, made no secret of the fact that the 36-year-old has been training with the first-team squad and working with academy players this season.
The chances of an immediate comeback are unlikely, with Lancashire Lightning beginning their T20 Blast campaign on Friday at Nottinghamshire Outlaws, but today's announcement brings Flintoff a step closer to a surprise return.
"We are in talks with Andrew over possible involvement with the club during the NatWest T20 Blast campaign," Lancashire said in a statement.