Former England star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is reportedly close to a return to competitive cricket five years after he quit the game. The 36-year-old Flintoff has recently been training with Lancashire. Flintoff's chances of playing T20 cricket for Lancashire are at "advanced stage."
Flintoff's versatile career was hampered by a series of injuries. After he quit in 2009, Flintoff has had stints in the media and a brief brush with professional boxing.
Flintoff played 79 Tests, 141 limited-overs internationals and seven Twenty20s for England between 1998 and 2009. He was a leading member of the Ashes-winning teams of 2005 and 2009. He captained on the 2006-07 tour to Australia, but could not prevent England suffering a 5-0 thrashing.
A gifted all-rounder, Flintoff was a hot property in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and was even signed up by Chennai Super Kings in 2009 for USD 1.55 million. The burly Flintoff played just three matches before an injury ruled him out of the tournament. In 2010, he again missed IPL due to a knee surgery.
Injuries seem to chase Flintoff wherever he goes. While training with Lancashire earlier this week, he sprained his ankle. Flintoff is unlikely to play Lancashire's first match against Nottinghamshire on Friday. However, Flintoff's return to cricket now looks inevitable.