Out-of-sorts Freddie vows to regain lost touch

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:After a spiritless World Cup and a drinking brawl, England's Andrew Flintoff is determined to recapture the form that once made him the leading all-rounder in world cricket.

Flintoff's form has taken a dramatic dip since the epic 2005 Ashes series and the burly cricketer did not help his team's cause either after scoring only 92 runs in seven innings at the World Cup.

''Sometimes you might need a rest but at this moment I want to get back to where I want to be in the game,'' Flintoff insisted.

''I'm 29 and I feel my best years are in front of me but I'm going to have to work hard to prove that,'' he said.

Even in the 2006-07 Ashes series, Freddie managed just 11 wickets and averaged a poor 28 with the bat.

Flintoff, who made his international debut in 1998, was the lynchpin of England's Ashes triumph in 2005, scoring three half-centuries with an average of 40 and claiming 24 wickets.

He made more headlines for his off the field activities in the Caribbean, when he was relieved of the England vice-captaincy following late night excesses that led to falling off from a pedalo.

However, the burly bowler is eager to make amends, saying ''I'm keen to show that I'm a cricketer and committed to the game.'' ''That's something we're going to see over the next few weeks.

''I've had a little holiday, after the World Cup I stayed on in Barbados with the family and it gave me a chance to recap on the last 18 months.

''With my benefit, the Ashes and the World Cup it's been a hectic time but now what I'm doing is getting back to cricket,'' Flintoff told BBC.

''That's what I do best and what I enjoy doing, I'm not taking on anything else from outside the game,'' he concluded.


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