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Flintoff dismisses Test return

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Andrew Flintoff

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff reiterated the Ashes finale at the Brit Oval last summer would be his last Test match appearance

Andrew Flintoff has ruled out making a Test return, despite his decision to play four-day cricket for Lancashire.

Flintoff last summer announced his retirement from Tests, marking his intention to become a limited-overs specialist.

However, his recovery from a knee injury has gone better than expected and the all-rounder subsequently made himself available for Lancashire in the LV= County Championship.

Flintoff concedes the lure of the five-day game remains strong, but reiterated he will not be seen again in England whites.

The 32-year-old said: “I think if you talk to any player who has retired from Test cricket, they do (still want to play).

"I think if you asked Ian Botham the same question or Bob Willis or anyone, they want to play Test cricket for England.

"However, I have retired and my focus now is getting back on a cricket field for Lancashire and in the one-day format and the Twenty20 format for England.”

He added: "Domestically, I want to add some silverware with Lancashire."

"They are the club I have been with since I was nine. Through the good times, the bad times, they have been one constant. They have been great to me so it would be nice to repay them.”

Flintoff also elaborated on his recent U-turn over his first-class career with Lancashire.

"I have changed a little bit in the fact that I want to play four-day cricket for Lancashire,” he told Sky Sports News.

"Embarking on six months of rehabilitation, I am not sure the incentive of just playing one-day and Twenty20 cricket is enough.

"So now, the back end of the summer I think Lancashire have got six or seven four-day games.

"I am personally ambitious, trying to win some silverware for the lads and from there force my way back into the England side for the Twenty20s and the one-day internationals, which I feel I can do.

"I feel when I'm fit and playing well, I get into England's best team."

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