||Flintoff Passes Fitness Hurdle
Andrew Flintoff has passed his first examination in a bid to bolster
Englands one-day VB Series and World Cup hopes.
The Lancashire all-rounder and vice-captain is back in Australia
after proving his physical fitness to the England and Wales Cricket
Boards chief medical officer, Dr. Peter Gregory.
Now he must convince English officials Down Under that he can quickly
regain the match fitness
| necessary to claim a regular
place in Englands ailing one-day side.
Flintoff may even be pushed into action on Friday when England must
beat Sri Lanka if they are to have any realistic chance of getting
to the three-game final of the VB Series.
Its been a very frustrating time for me and I cant wait
to get out into the middle again,said Flintoff, who returned early
from The Ashes tour to continue his recovery from problems stemming
from a double hernia operation last summer.
I have never felt fitter in my career and I just hope I can regain
match fitness quickly enough to be of use to England both in Australia
and South Africa,added Flintoff.
by Martin Hardy on behalf of ISM