Flintoff calls it a day

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Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket due to continued struggles with a knee problem

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has brought the curtain down on his iconic career after being told his body would not be able to cope with his planned comeback.

The 32-year-old has not played since the final Test of last summer’s Ashes victory due to an ongoing knee injury.

He retired from Test cricket after that series, but had hoped to play a role in the one-day gamne.

But, after having to put back several planned comebacks, he has called time on his playing days.

"The decision to end my career came yesterday after consultation with medical advisers,” he said.

“I was told that the problems I have been trying to overcome in rehab for the last year following the latest in a series of operations would not recover sufficiently to allow a comeback.

"Having been told that my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative but to retire.

"I would like to thank my family, Lancashire Cricket Club, England, all my sponsors, friends and advisers for all the help and support they have given me throughout my career.”

During his days with England, Flintoff gained cult status among the fans and he was quick to thank them for their part in his success.

"Last, but by no means least, I am indebted to the encouragement and support I have always received from England's magnificent supporters," he added.

“I will now be taking a break before deciding which future direction to take.”

That god-like status along with his memorable performances will undoubtedly see him go down as one of the country's finest performers.

Throughout his career, the Lancastrian seemingly thrived on pressure and it was no surprise that he saved his finest performances for Australia.

The 2005 Ashes, regarded by many as the greatest series of all time, was the setting for his finest hour as he picked up the man-of-the-series award as England ended their 18-year wait for the urn.

And, despite struggling with the injury that ended his career, he produced telling contributions last time out, notably bowling his side to victory in the second npower Test at Lord’s, before crucially running Ricky Ponting out in the series finale at the Brit Insurance Oval.

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