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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 19:54 GMT
Flintoff will join England Lions
Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff has been dogged by the problem with his left ankle
Andrew Flintoff will join up with the England Lions squad in India next month in a non-playing capacity, the England and Wales Cricket Board have announced.

The England all-rounder was due to fly to Mumbai with a Lancashire CCC academy squad for a pre-season batting clinic.

But now he will first travel to Baroda to aid his rehabilitation from ankle trouble with the ECB's coaching staff.

Flintoff last played for England in the World Twenty20 in September and had his fourth ankle operation a month later.

This trip will provide him with an excellent opportunity to receive support from the ECB's coaching and science and medicine support staff

David Parsons
ECB Performance Director and England Lions head coach

"We're delighted that Andrew Flintoff is in a position to join up with the England Lions," said David Parsons, ECB Performance Director and England Lions head coach.

"His rehabilitation programme is going very well and he's been working extremely hard over the past few months to get back to full fitness.

"This trip will provide him with an excellent opportunity to receive support from the ECB's coaching and science and medicine support staff."

Flintoff's latest operation ruled him out of the winter tours of Sri Lanka and New Zealand but the England management were hoping he could feature as a batsman with the Lions.

But, though he will be present, the ECB has confirmed that he will play no part in their bid to become the first overseas team to win the Duleep Trophy.

606: DEBATE

The decision for Flintoff to be involved with the Lions marks an about-turn.

A spokesman from the England and Wales Cricket Board had previously told BBC Sport:

"The medical team have decided that it would be in his best interests to continue his progress, which is going very well, with Lancashire."

The official 14-man Lions squad departed for India on 23 January, with spinner Monty Panesar included before he travels to New Zealand for the three-Test series with the senior team.

Essex wicket-keeper James Foster, Gloucestershire paceman Steve Kirby and Nottinghamshire seamer Charlie Shreck were called up because of injuries to Worcestershire duo Steven Davies and Kabir Ali.

Gloveman Davies has a knee problem, while fast bowler Kabir Ali is struggling with an ankle knock.


Revised England Lions squad to tour India:
M Yardy (Sussex, capt), M Carberry (Hants), J Denly (Kent), J Foster (Essex), J Hildreth (Somerset), E Joyce (Middx), S Kirby (Gloucs), G Onions (Durham), M Panesar (Northants), L Plunkett (Durham), A Rashid (Yorks), A Richardson (Middx), C Shreck (Notts), J Trott (Warks)



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