Flintoff hopes to be back in action in next few weeks

Sydney, Jul 21: All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who has had two knee operations since helping England win the Ashes, hopes to make his long-awaited return from knee surgery “in the next few weeks”.

Flintoff retired from Test cricket after that match in August 2009, but he still hopes to play in one-day internationals for England, as well as playing county cricket.

Flintoff, 32, believes he could play for Lancashire some time in the coming weeks as a batsman and then gradually step up his bowling workload as well.

“It’s going well, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a long road with the rehab since then but I’m hoping to play again in the next few weeks,” he told Sky News.

“I’m back in the nets at Lancashire and from nowhere I’ve found the ability to bat again which is encouraging,” Flintoff said.

“I’m going to have to play in the second team first and force my way back into the first team but with the way I’m batting, I’m hoping to do that with the bat initially and then pick up the bowling from there,” he said.

“Rather than worrying about where my feet go, my hands and my head and getting too technical, I’ve basically gone back to how I used to play when I was younger, just see the ball and hit it as hard as I can.

“That’s the way I tend to play, especially in the short form of the game, but I just can’t wait to get cracking. It’s been so long, and I’m now starting to get excited and chomping at the bit to start,” Flintoff added.

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