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.”