Flintoff eyes Lord~~s Test for England comeback

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: England all rounder Andrew Flintoff said he hopes to return for England's home Test against New Zealand at Lord's on May 23.

The 30-year-old has not played a Test for England since last January in Australia because of continuing problems with his left ankle which was operated on for a fourth time in October.

However, he came though Lancashire's pre-season match against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi, scoring 51 and bowling four overs.

"I would love to play a Test match at Lord's, but the one thing that I am not going to do is get carried away," Flintoff was quoted as saying on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Web site (www.ecb.co.uk) on Saturday.

"I know that if I want to play for England, then I have got to be fit. I won't be able to just walk back into that side.

"I have got to focus all my energies on playing for Lancashire. If I can stay fit and perform, then I would hopefully be in the shake up."

Flintoff said he still had some way to go to reach full fitness.

"Everybody tells me I am at 70 per cent, but I don't know - I might be at 72," he said. "I am certainly not hitting the crease as hard as I would like, but it feels good and easy."


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