FLINTOFF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Andrew Flintoff has announced his retirement from Cricket due to the injuries. The most popular England cricketer for a generation said he was sad and disappointed to be hanging up his boots. It leaves him plenty of time to use his Wimbledon Hospitality tickets.

His army of fans had hoped Andrew Flintoff, 32, would make another comeback but knee surgeons have told him the game is up. The all-rounder became a hero thanks to his match-winning exploits to help England win back the Ashes from Australia in 2005 after 18 years.

In a statement, he said: “It’s with disappointment and sadness I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket. I was told the problems I have been trying to overcome in rehab for the last year, following the latest in a series of operations, would not recover sufficiently to allow a comeback.” He added: “I’m not quite sure it’s sunk in. I think it’s going to take a while. The decision has been made for me.

“It’s going to be difficult. It’s something I’ve done professionally for nearly 17 years. Since I was a kid, all I’ve wanted was to play cricket.”

FLINTOFF HOPES FOR COMEBACK

Andrew Flintoff says that he hopes to make 20-20 comeback for Queensland. The former Test all-rounder, who has not played since September, said: “I’m still getting a few twinges in the knee and can’t move as well as I’d like to.”

According to The Sun, Andrew Flintoff’s comeback comment comes almost three weeks after the Queensland Bulls confirmed that they are hopeful of securing the England all-rounder for this season’s KFC Twenty20 Big Bash in spite of his latest knee injury.

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Graham Dixon had said then that the Bulls would still keenly monitor Flintoff’s progress, and hoped that he would be fit to join the team at the end of the year.

“We are that he is continuing his rehabilitation with Lancashire and are acutely aware that this will be his priority for the immediate future. We know that Andrew has been the object of some interest from a number of states, including us, and that he has publicly expressed a desire to play in the Big Bash,” said Dixon.

“But at the moment, he is still working on his recovery. We”re encouraged by the progress of our talks at this point in time, and will continue to keep the lines of communication open with his management team,” he added