Moores wants full on Freddie
England coach Peter Moores hopes Andrew Flintoff does not have to compromise his all-action style to prolong his international career.
Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff, 29, will test his injured left ankle in the Brit Oval nets on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s penultimate match in the NatWest Series with India.
Having missed the entire international summer before this seven-match campaign - which England lead 3-2 - he has already been ruled out twice through niggles.
This latest one, however, incurred when he turned the left ankle which has undergone three lots of surgery in a foothole at Old Trafford last week, threatens his participation in the final two matches and the World Twenty20 in South Africa.
England are a much stiffer proposition with Flintoff hurtling in to bowl at around the 90mph mark, but the continual aggravation has raised questions over the stress he places on his body when he lands in delivery.
But Moores said: “That is all for the future. At the moment it is his style of cricket that makes him Andrew Flintoff.
“He gets involved in the game and that brings the best out of him. It is what makes him a special cricketer.
“It will be very difficult for him to change his style because of his competitive nature, and hopefully with what is happening with the ankle he won’t need to, so that he can carry on playing this style of cricket for England for a long time to come.”
With the plane for the inaugural 20-over tournament leaving on Sunday, though, Flintoff, Ravi Bopara (dislocated thumb) and Chris Tremlett (foot) are all doubts.
Uncapped Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has joined up with the current squad as cover for the final two contest of the summer against Rahul Dravid’s India.
The selectors, meanwhile, are considering other options for the weekend departure should they become necessary.
“At the moment we are working on contingency plans if people don’t become available for the Twenty20,” explained Moores.
“What is promising in some ways is that we have got other players that we didn’t select in the Twenty20 squad playing well in one-day cricket like James Anderson and Ian Bell.
“We have got a few options around but in the same way you want your side settled.
“Injuries are frustrating and we leave for the (Twenty20) World Cup in less than a week, but we have quite a big job to do here before we go.”
England are on the verge of their first one-day series win at home since beating India in 2004.