Flintoff - No Test u-turn
Andrew Flintoff admits the lure of Test cricket remains strong despite standing firm on his decision to retire.
Last Updated: 28/01/10 4:42pm
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff admits the lure of Test cricket remains strong despite standing firm on his decision to retire from the five-day format.
Flintoff quit Tests following England's Ashes victory last summer in an effort to prolong his limited-overs career.
He is currently working his way back to fitness after undergoing the latest in a long line of knee operations last September.
Asked about the possibility of a Test comeback, Flintoff told Sky Sports News: "I think if you talk to any player who has retired from Test cricket, they do (still want to play).
"I think if you asked Ian Botham the same question or Bob Willis or anyone, they want to play Test cricket for England.
"However, I have retired and my focus now is getting back on a cricket field for Lancashire and in the one-day format and the Twenty20 format for England."
Flintoff's long-term aim is the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent but he is also keen to repay the loyalty shown by Lancashire throughout his injury-plagued career.
"Domestically, I want to add some silverware with Lancashire," he added.
"They are the club I have been with since I was nine. Through the good times, the bad times, they have been one constant. They have been great to me so it would be nice to repay them.
"I have changed a little bit in the fact that I want to play four-day cricket for Lancashire.
"Embarking on six months of rehabilitation I am not sure the incentive of just playing one day and Twenty20 cricket is enough.
"So now, the back end of the summer I think Lancashire have got six or seven four-day games.
"I am personally ambitious, trying to win some silverware for the lads and from there force my way back into the England side for the Twenty20s and the one-day internationals, which I feel I can do.
"I feel when I'm fit and playing well, I get into England's best team."