Flintoff eyes one-day return

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Andrew Flintoff has resumed light training and net practice

An "impatient" Andrew Flintoff has targeted an England comeback in the NatWest Series against India.

The all-rounder is unsure whether he will feature in the npower Test series which starts at Lord’s on Thursday, but insists he can come back from his current ankle injury stronger than ever when the one-day series gets under way next month.

"Hopefully, if the ankle keeps responding to everything we're doing, I'll be back playing sooner rather than later," Flintoff said.

"In terms of exact dates, it is hard to say. I hope to play a part against India, but the one-dayers are a more realistic target.

"We've sat down with coach Peter Moores and the England medical team and they're happy with how it's going. I'm hitting my targets."

He added: "The impatience is starting now. I've been back in the nets and I've been hitting them all right.

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"Because I'm running now, doing proper things and working towards something, I can see light at the end of the tunnel and I have a temptation to get impatient."

The first match of the NatWest Series takes place at the Rose Bowl on August 21, with the final clash of a seven-match series held at Lord's on September 8.

Flintoff's ankle problem, which required surgery earlier this year - his third operation - rounded off a difficult period for the Lancashire player.

A lack of form with the bat and well-publicised disciplinary problems left him open to criticism, but Flintoff has vowed to regain his best form.

He said: "During the winter there was a clear dip in form and I want to get it back.

"The bowling was fine but I still think, no matter what I do with the ball, as a top-six batsman I will always get judged on the runs I score.

"For two or three years I had things pretty much my own way, then I experienced the other side of it.

"But I'm only 29 and I believe I've got my best years in front of me. I can do it again."

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