Flintoff works towards England target
Andrew Flintoff is plagued more by frustration than physical pain as he continues his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
The 31-year-old all-rounder has been out of action since the Ashes triumph on August 23, and has not played a one-day international since helping England to a 3-2 series win in the Caribbean last winter.
But Flintoff is bidding to come back to fitness to contest the shorter forms of the game following his retirement from Test cricket - and his overriding ambition is to help England end their wait for a major limited-overs trophy.
“I've got lots of ambition left with England. I want to win a World Cup. I want to win Twenty20 tournaments,” said Flintoff.
“I want to play for England and I won't jeopardise that.”
Flintoff is recovering from an arthroscopy and microfracture surgery to his right knee in late August and recently admitted another setback could end his playing career, but he remains bullish over his chances of making a successful return.
On Flintoff's horizon must be the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies and the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.
“The ECB will monitor (the injury), and I will report to them, to the doctors,” said Flintoff. “But I'm also contracted to Lancashire and I've worked with their physio, Dave Roberts, for years. Dave and Lancashire will also look after me.
“The frustrating thing is that I don't even feel injured. I'm not in pain but the surgeon warned me it's going to be a test of patience – and patience is not something I've got in abundance.
“The rehab is very slow. I'm on the crutches until November and once the knee is scanned, we'll see if it's beginning to work.
“It helps that the surgeon says the chances of me coming back are high.”
Flintoff’s representatives have been in talks at Old Trafford aimed at continuing his association with the county for which he made his first-class debut in 1995.
Flintoff’s decision to decline an ECB increment contract had much to do with his desire to focus on limited-overs cricket, but he would still like to contribute to Lancashire’s future LV= County Championship campaigns.
“I've got another year to run on my contract with Lancashire and Chubby [Andrew Chandler, Flintoff’s agent] has been in for a chat. There're no dramas – it's just finding out what the club expects from me and what I'd like from them.
“There's obviously the one-day stuff and I've mentioned playing a few four-day games.
“I'll play the odd one. If [Lancashire] are struggling with injury or they want me, I'd like to do that.”