Leeds: England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is set to undergo a hernia operation later this week meaning he will miss next month's ICC Trophy One-day tournament in Sri Lanka, it was announced on Monday.
After England had been beaten by an innings and 46 runs in the third Test against India at Headingley on Monday, a match in which Flintoff played, a spokesman for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said, "Andrew Flintoff will see a specialist on Wednesday with a view to having an operation on Friday." With a recovery period estimated at four to six weeks, Flintoff has effectively been ruled out of the fourth and final Test, which starts at The Oval on September 5.
England is on record as saying that if Flintoff has the operation he will not go to Sri Lanka where Nasser Hussain's men are due to play their first match on September 18. Flintoff, 24, had a disappointing match as India squared the four-Test series at one apiece. He was twice dismissed for nought and could only manage one for 68 with his fast- medium deliveries during India's mammoth 628 for eight declared.
However, he is seen as crucial to the balance of the England side. Although Hussain said after the drawn second Test at Trent Bridge that England's continued selection of Flintoff while unfit was "slightly unprofessional," he was risked again at Headingley in the hope the home side would wrap up the series. But with Yorkshire all-rounder Craig White also currently out with an abdominal tear England now have a major selection headache.