The Ashes will be Flintoff’s final test series

July 16, 2009 at 9:44 am 2 comments


The remaining four Ashes test matches this summer have now taken on extra significance. This is because they will be the last time that England talisman Andrew Flintoff plays the five-day game.

Yesterday, on the eve of the second test match at Lords, Flintoff announced that he would retire from test cricket because of his constant battle with injuries over the last few years. He will now concentrate on playing One Day International and Twenty20 cricket for the remainder of his professional career.

Speaking about his decision, Flintoff said that his body has told him ‘it’s time to stop’ and the fact that his long-term knee injury flared up during the first test at Cardiff, confirmed to him that ‘the time is right’ to call it a day on the longest form of the game.

The all-rounder went on to say that it is something he has been ‘thinking about for a while’ after spending a large part of the past four years in rehabilitation. He described how he had been through ‘four ankle operations and knee surgery’ over the last few years and that he had to have ‘three jabs’ in his knee on Monday to help him get through today’s second test.

All of this has taken its toll on Flintoff, both physically and mentally. Therefore, it is completely understandable that he has decided to call it a day at test cricket. Considering the amount of injuries he has had and the fact he is a powerful all-rounder, it seems inevitable that he can’t cope with the demands of modern international cricket.

Freddie has vowed to do everything he can for England in the remainder of this Ashes series though and you just know he is going to be putting in more passion and effort than ever before. He would love his lasting memories of test cricket to be another Ashes cricket win.

Hopefully he can play a full part in helping England achieve this and his latest injury problems will move to one side for his test match swansong. It wouldn’t be right for one of England’s most influential cricketers if he had to limp out of the ultimate form of the game in the ultimate series.

Imagine the scene at The Oval in a few weeks time. With the series tied at 1-1, Flintoff rips through the Australia tail during the evening session to hand England a 2-1 series victory. He would become even more of a hero than he already is and would be confirmed as a legend of our time.

Even if it isn’t quite this dramatic, he certainly deserves to go out on a high note. He is one of the most popular England cricketers ever and will be sorely missed as the team look to progress in test cricket.

Let’s just hope he is remembered for 2009 as well as he is for 2005, because that means it’s a safe 2009 ashes bet that the Ashes urn will be in the arms of Andrew Strauss come the end of the series.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brick Paver  |  July 17, 2009 at 1:32 am

    A very good cricketer, but he did not rise to his true potential. The difference between Australian and English cricket is the level of professionalism and the commitment to success.

    Flintoff had massive natural talent but did not go the extra step to translate that into greatness.

    It would be great for the Aussies to again show the Poms who is boss.

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  • 2. Marc  |  July 21, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I agree with the above comment – Flintoff never went on to achieve greatness. He was good but never great and he has always been surrounded by a mediocre team.

    Good to see him go out on a high though.

    Will be very sad if the English win this Ashes series. Man for man they are not competitive with the Australian side and as a South African supporter making positive noises about the Aussies that is saying something!

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