Flintoff stays away from separate captain debate

Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Refusing to be drawn into the debate over having separate Test and ODI captains, England's stand-in skipper Andrew Flintoff has reiterated that he would be more than happy to pave the way for regular skipper Michael Vaughan when the latter recovers from his knee injury.

''I don't want to get into that, it's just nothing to do with me,'' Flintoff told BBC Five Live, steering away from the debate.

Though Flintoff currently leads a makeshift squad, which has already lost the seven-match ODI series against hosts India, there were speculations that Vaughan might be asked to focus on Test cricket only because of his nagging knee problems.

''Michael Vaughan's our captain and I'm looking forward to him coming back as soon as possible,'' Flintoff said.

''At the moment all we're concentrating on is the games out here and as to other things that's not something I want to get into,'' added the talismanic all-rounder.

Despite losing the ODI series, Flintoff maintained he enjoyed leading the depleted side at a time when the team needed him but missing a number of frontline players was definitely an issue.

''It's been good fun but it would have been nice to do it under different circumstances,'' he said.

He was also all praise for the senior players in the side for extending their helping hands.

''The lads have been good and everyone's rallied round. We knew it was going to be tough out here but the players have made it a lot easier than it could have been.'' ''People like (Andrew) Strauss, (Paul) Collingwood and (Steve) Harmison, when he was here, all offered good advice and made it an easy job to do,'' Flintoff added.

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