Flintoff forced to retire

Former England skipper calls it a day on medical advice

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I was told that 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

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Andrew Flintoff has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

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The all-rounder had not played since the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at the Oval last summer - a match England won to regain the Ashes.

Flintoff immediately underwent major knee surgery at the end of that series and then had to go under the knife again in January.

A planned comeback for Lancashire in August was shelved and he was quickly ruled out of competitive cricket for the entire summer.

No alternative

The 33-year-old insisted he had no other option but to retire after being told by medical experts that he would not recover sufficiently to play again.

"It is with both disappointment and sadness that I am today announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket," he said in a statement.

"The decision to end my career came yesterday after consultation with medical advisers.

"I was told that 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.

"Having been told that my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative but to retire.

"I would like to thank my family, Lancashire Cricket Club, England, all my sponsors, friends and advisers for all the help and support they have given me throughout my career.

"Last, but by no means least, I am indebted to the encouragement and support I have always received from England's magnificent supporters.

"I will now be taking a break before deciding which future direction to take."

Flintoff took 226 wickets at 32.78 with the ball and scored 3,845 runs, including a personal best of 167, in his 79 Test appearances for England.

His international career began at the age of 20 when he made his Test debut against South Africa at Trent Bridge. He twice helped England win the Ashes on home soil, though he was also captain for the 5-0 series defeat suffered at the hands of Australia in the winter of 2006-7.

He also appeared in 141 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 games despite injuries hampering his career.

The Preston-born player had four operations on his left ankle alone and also suffered from a variety of back, groin and knee ailments.

Comments (68)

John Aviss says...

none of us can deny that freddie''s stats don''t make him a great of the game. kallis (without even looking) will beat him hands down, as for that matter does botham. However, as a man of 30 odd, who grew up with regularly capitulating against the aussies but still had a glimse of the genius of botham and the feeling he invoked in us ordinary folk, freddie was the first english cricketer who i felt directed the show, as opposed to just competing. In 2005, frankly, simon jones was the better bowler, however, fred seemed to time his moments of genius perfectly, at crunch times, when we were all preying he would come up with the goods, as if he knew how things were going to play out, like some greek sporting god.In 2005 and 2009, i believe he put his country before his personal wellfare. Admittedly there are men and women who do that every day in afganistan and iraq who don''t a quarter of the praise. we must keep sport in perspective. however: Here was a man who did what he hoped we would do in the same circumstances: rise to the occasion,put his country before his own personal well being and stood up to the bullies.. 2005 was the greatest sporting occasion of my life. the whole team stood up to be counted, but freddie knew. He knew it was his series. and it was.

Posted 01:43 18th September 2010

Lee Wilmot says...

Doug , you obviously know nothing about cricket , Kalis is a great player but on the day Fred tells the world with his heart in his hand that his body cannot play cricket not his heart you try to make a comparisson , only a fool cannot see what he gave the game .

Posted 00:45 18th September 2010

Lee Wilmot says...

What can you say , when he was bad fred was bad !! when he was good he was the best , leader ,fire , winner , emotional , inspiratinal ,killer , fear , exsitment , out if your chair, really what can you say about a mans man who goes out to win and nothing less , maybe we need a few fred flintofs in our international football team. My heart sank today when I heard the new today but no mater what you do Fred I have the pictures in my head and any body who know cricket know what I mean. LEDGEND

Posted 00:38 18th September 2010

Doug Cricket says...

Chris G- i hear what you saying about excitement in a game of cricket but based on your comments it sounds like you would even have a great time watching a WWE match with Hulk Hogan..as ive seen the crowd go wild with that but lets face it-he isnt a wrestler... I will take my stat book thanks as it speaks for itself. I would rather watch Kallis spend an entire day at the crease then watch Freddy excite the crowd with a quick fire 10 runs...

Posted 09:34 17th September 2010

Elvin Lee says...

Great player, great character, gave his all for England, ultimately sacrificed his career to help England win the Ashes. Top man Freddie

Posted 23:21 16th September 2010

Chris G says...

To Doug Cricket, Let me tell you how Freddie was the best all-rounder regardless what any stat book will tell you, there is only one player I''ve heard mentioned in the last 10 years who''s inclusion in a side strikes fear into the opposition and his name sure as h$!! wasn''t Jacque Kallis (with no disrespect to Kallis.) I''ve never seen any player excite a jam packed stadium like Freddie, sure you hear of how players can feed off the crowds energy but again no one that I''ve seen did it like Freddie! He made you feel like you were really and truly part of the game, almost in there with him battling it out and giving it your all. Freddie passion was just amazing especially after so many years and so many injuries to still go out there and leave it all on the field. You can keep your stats I''d rather go and see a player like Fred play the game with all the excitement and entertainment he provided anyday of the week!

Posted 23:11 16th September 2010

Peter Head says...

I have to agree with Doug. Freddie was very good, but Kallis is better, more consistent, although without Flintoff''s charisma. I hope he comes back into the game in some capacity. At 32 he still has a lot to give the game.

Posted 22:25 16th September 2010

Daren Maiden says...

total entertainer ,proud englishman ,but total humility as well remember him consoulling brett lee ,a genuine all rounder hopefully he will continue to be at the heart of all things cricket ,happy retirement fred

Posted 22:03 16th September 2010

Amer Mogul says...

Ah Freddie. What a talent, and a personality to boot as well. Amazing on his day, sometimes a match winner, sometimes he didn''t perform to his potential, but he always gave 110%. A true gentleman of sport, there are few today that can rival his smile and generous nature. I sincerely hope he coaches or commentates, its a sad day for cricket today, good luck Fred!!

Posted 21:57 16th September 2010

Robert Hankin says...

Terrible day for english cricket, possible the biggest loss since ian botham.

Posted 21:53 16th September 2010

Doug Cricket says...

Charlie Bob- how can you say best all rounder of his generation?? Have you heard of an all rounder call Jacques Kallis who quietly goes about his business- check the stats and then tell me Freddy is the best of his generation.. Saying that good luck to Freddy for the future..Jacques Kallis is still the best of his generation and every other generation!!

Posted 20:32 16th September 2010

Tommy Johnson says...

Freddie,top of the list in my book,you are Mr Cricket.

Posted 20:30 16th September 2010

Paul Lightfoot says...

The heart of a lion, unfortunate injuries preventing him from fulfilling his talent and becoming our greatest all rounder ever. A true Inspiration to young cricketers and the perfect cricketing model for all us coaches..

Posted 20:29 16th September 2010

Stephen Swain says...

thanks for some big moments Andrew-you played a big part in some memorable matches.But it is not fair on some really great players to call you,as some have done,a legend.You ,I am sure,would privately deny that title yourself-though you might have to bear the accolade with patience when used by your sponsors:how much sooner,I wonder,would an ordinary player have walked from a less lucrative arena and looked for a job?Anyway,thanks for everything and especially your vulnerable bits-physical and moral-they really do make you likeable.Best wishes.

Posted 20:27 16th September 2010

Wayne Thomas says...

Sorry Barry. I love you.

Posted 20:09 16th September 2010

Adam Howe says...

Lets not forget that he was not just a great player but a great bloke and family man, people only need to read his books to see this. People have many views on him but he played with a smile on his face and never let his country down when they needed him this is one of the reasons of his injurys putting a body size of his through so much every month of ever season! good luck fred thanks for all the effort in a england shirt! hope you enjoy your well deserved pint sometime soon!

Posted 19:30 16th September 2010

Sumair Imtiaz says...

I support for Pakistan, but when Freddie used to play against Pakistan or any other team, I always supported him. He was a fighter and inspiration to the English team. He was the main player who got English side to believe in themselves and won ashes twice. Nobody cant forget his over against Ricky Pointing.

Posted 19:23 16th September 2010

Chris Highton says...

Not many people can reduce me to tears but Freddie at his best could bring me damn close.You have brought many hours of delight to supporters watching someone with pride and passion with his heart on his sleave. If 11 English footballers played with half his passion then maybe we could win something at football as well as cricket. Enjoy your retirement Freddie even if it has come too soon.People like me will miss you,but i,m sure whatever you do will be a success.

Posted 19:03 16th September 2010

John Posner says...

I agree with Barry Cashin. The stats say it all: ITB Batting: Plyd 102 Inn 161 NO 6 Runs 5200 HS 208 Av 33.54 Bowling: Plyd 102 Wkts 168 Balls 21815 Runs 10878 Wkts 383 Best 8/34 AF Batting: Plyd 79 Inn 130 NO 9 Runs 3845 HS 167 Av 31.77 Bowling: Plyd 79 Wkts 137 Balls 14951 Runs 7410 Wkts 226 Best 5/58 Nuff said!

Posted 17:39 16th September 2010

Barry Cashin says...

Message to Wayne Thomas. No I''m not a cricket wannabe. I played competitive cricket for over 15 years at club level as opening bat (HS 159*) until serious injury too robbed me of playing further. Everyone is allowed to express an opinion on this forum Wayne and I fully respect yours. However, you don''t need to indulge in personal insults and should respect mine.

Posted 17:36 16th September 2010

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