Freddie ~~gutted~~ at Old Trafford being denied Ashes

Published: Friday, April 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Andrew Flintoff may well have played his last Test against bete noire Aussies at his home turf and the Ashes hero says he felt ''gutted following the decision not to award a Test to Old Trafford when the battle of the Urn returns to England in 2009.

In an announcement last week, Old Trafford was replaced by Cardiff's Sophia Gardens for the Test match for 2009. The decision was taken despite the success of last year's Ashes Test in Manchester, when thousands of supporters were locked out of the ground on the final day.

''It was not taken for cricketing reasons, more for commercial reasons. I was gutted when I found out, especially as the last one was one of the best Ashes Tests,'' Flintoff said.

''I had never seen Old Trafford like that. To play in front of full houses for five days was amazing. They were having to lock people out of the ground, normally you have to lock them in at our place.

''We didn't realise there were that many people going to be there. I had to drive down the wrong side of the road to get to the ground,'' he recalled.

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