Flintoff bang on target for weekend return

Published: Saturday, April 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff remains on target to make his comeback from injury in Lancashire's League match against Middlesex at Lord's this weekend.

"Andrew Flintoff is in the Lancashire squad for Sunday's Totesport League match and will play - provided his ankle suffers no reaction from training today and tomorrow," a Lancashire spokesman said.

"Freddie has received clearance to play as a batsman only for the moment."

The England all-rounder, widely regarded as vital to the Test side's hopes of ending a run of eight straight Ashes series defeats, underwent surgery on his left ankle in February which prevented him playing in the One-day series in South Africa.

Flintoff, 27, has since being following a rehabilitation programme at Lancashire devised by the Old Trafford club's physisotherapist.

Injuries and selection decisions have meant that Flintoff has still to play a Test against Australia, the world's number one side, despite 45 England appearances in the five-day game.

Flintoff has scored 2,239 Test runs to date at an average of 32.44 with four hundreds and a best of 167 and also taken 110 wickets at 34.80 with a best of five for 58.

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