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Former England captain Andrew Strauss has admitted that he was shocked when he heard about all-rounder Andrew Flintoff’s potential comeback.
Earlier this week, Lancashire confirmed that they and Flintoff were close to signing a deal that would see the flamboyant all-rounder represent them in the upcoming Natwest T20 Blast.
Flintoff retired from all forms of cricket following the 2009 Ashes series due to numerous injuries.
Since his retirement, Flintoff has worked in the media and also made headlines by winning a boxing match against Richard Dawson.
“It was extraordinary; I couldn’t believe it when I read that,” Strauss said. “The number of injuries that Freddie had…he did his boxing and I believe he did his shoulder in then, as well. It was a big surprise to me.
“It’s brilliant for Lancashire, brilliant for domestic Twenty20 if he is fit enough to play and fit enough to be able to replicate his form from a few years ago.
“It also speaks volumes for his hunger to get back into the game – he obviously feels there is unfinished business there. If he is fit enough to do it, then it will be great to watch it all unfold.”
Strauss also noted that he wouldn’t be surprised if Flintoff aimed to don the England jersey once again.
“I think that’s always a risk when a player comes back from retirement in any sport, whether it is boxing, tennis or whatever,” Strauss said. “If Freddie does come back, he’s’ going into it with his eyes open. I think he’s doing it for his own reasons, which is that he loves the game of cricket and wants to be involved again, rather than to re-prove himself as an outstanding cricketer.
“If he’s going in for those reasons, we should not begrudge him that. If he wants to play again, then good luck to him. I know he will receive plenty of support and it will be thrilling to watch.”