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Flintoff 'still wants to be best'


Flintoff eyes trophies with Lancs

Andrew Flintoff wants to become the world's finest one-day cricketer when he returns from knee surgery next year.

The England all-rounder, who has retired from Test cricket, signed a new three-year Lancashire deal on Thursday and expects to be fit by early 2010.

"I do want to be the best one-day player in the world and it's something which I feel I can do," said Flintoff.

"Just playing the two forms of the game I can focus all my attentions on trying to be that player."

Flintoff, 31, retired from Test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes series to focus on the limited-overs versions of the game.

The Preston-born veteran of almost 150 England one-day internationals made his Lancashire debut in 1995, but has suffered a number of injury setbacks, the latest involving surgery on his right knee.

I've played for Lancashire since I was nine and I don't want to play anywhere else

Andrew Flintoff

"First and foremost I need to get back on the cricket field, hopefully that will be sooner rather than later," he stated.

"I'm just under 12 weeks since the op. I'll probably know more at the 12-week stage.

"I'll see the surgeon, he'll re-scan me and he will have a better idea of how the operation has gone and where I'm at with it. He is pretty confident, as am I.

"After I've had the scan I can build back up to running and hopefully get in the nets and start practising some time after Christmas."

Flintoff will focus on one-day cricket for Lancashire, and added he expected domestic trophies to follow as part of his ambition within the limited-overs game.


"To sign a new deal is what I wanted to do. I've played for the club since I was nine and I don't want to play anywhere else in county cricket," he added.

"I've got personal ambitions but I've got team ambitions as well. I've won two trophies at Lancashire. I've been at this club a long time and I want to add to that."

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see also
Flintoff signs one-day Lancs deal
05 Nov 09 |  Lancashire
Flintoff agrees to England agenda
28 Sep 09 |  England
Flintoff admits fears over career
30 Aug 09 |  Cricket
Flintoff to undergo knee surgery
24 Apr 09 |  England

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