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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 May, 2005, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Flintoff eyeing Bangladesh series
Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff on his way to 83 against Worcestershire
Andrew Flintoff is hoping to return to England duty ahead of schedule and play in the Test series against Bangladesh.

The all-rounder is on the comeback trail after undergoing ankle surgery and has been playing as a batsman only for Lancashire.

England want him fully fit for the Ashes against Australia but he is not ruling out playing against Bangladesh.

"I'd love to play just as a batsman against Bangladesh," Flintoff told the Sunday Express.

He added: "It's too early to consider bowling as well, I'm only 75% with the ball.

"But if I can score a couple of hundreds in county games, I'd like to be considered by the England selectors."

The first Test against Bangladesh starts at Lord's on 26 May and England are set to announce the squad on 15 May.

We have all been encouraged by the progress Flintoff is making and it will be something the selectors will discuss when they meet
ECB spokesman Andrew Walpole
Flintoff, who scored 83 off 101 balls in his second innings against Worcestershire, has matches against Durham and Derbyshire coming up.

He added: "Two weeks is a long time for me right now, and we have to see how I progress."

England captain Michael Vaughan does not want Flintoff to push himself too hard and too quickly in an effort to get fully fit.

Vaughan told the Sunday Mirror: "He needs to take it nice and gently for his own sake, because the last thing we want is for Freddie to try too hard and end up breaking down again."

England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman Andrew Walpole told BBC Sport it was too early to say whether Flintoff will be considered for the Bangladesh series.

He added: "We have all been encouraged by the progress Flintoff is making and it will be something the selectors will discuss when they meet."


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