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Sunday, September 19, 2010

England salutes Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff has finally been forced to call time on his illustrious career after struggling to recover from his troublesome knee injuries. The all-rounder hasn’t played since the final Ashes Test last summer. He was forced to have knee surgery after the victorious series and again at the beginning of this year.

The 33 year old was planning on playing some T20 cricket in Australia in a bid to get back into the England one day side. After consulting his doctors Flintoff has been forced to accept the fact that his body just isn’t up to it anymore and retirement is his only option.

It’s no real surprise to Online Cricket Betting pundits that his body is pretty much falling apart. Freddie has put it through the mill both on the pitch and off it. His Test record is as impressive as any all rounder in recent times, taking 226 wickets at an average of 32.78 and hitting 3,845 runs with an average of 31.77.

Flintoff’s figures for ODI’s are also as good as anyone, taking 169 wickets in his 141 matches, and hitting 3,394 runs at an average of 32. Aside from his wickets and runs, Flintoff brought much more to the England team during his 11 years as an international, his ability to lift the team when they were down made him one of the dressing room’s most popular characters. His talent in the slips cordon was as good as it was surprising, seeing a man of Flintoff’s size able to take some of the catches he did was an amazing sight.

The Cricket betting odds suggest that England wouldn’t have expected Freddie to return to the fold following his latest injury. Freddie won’t need to play for the Three Lions again to ensure his legacy in English cricket remains for sometime yet.

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