Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

"Why Are So Many Children Dying in Gaza?"

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Seleka calls for partition

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Nigeria: One Hundred Days and Counting

Read more

FOCUS

Can Chancellor Merkel's winning streak last?

Read more

FOCUS

Hunger in a fertile land...

Read more

ENCORE!

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

  • Israel faces heightened diplomatic pressure as Gaza violence rages

    Read more

  • France charges Swiss bank UBS with tax fraud

    Read more

  • In pictures: Thousands march for Gaza peace in Paris

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks leave scores dead in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Netherlands holds day of mourning for victims of flight MH17

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.6m in illegal state aid to France

    Read more

  • Gaza protests: ‘France imported the Mideast conflict a long time ago’

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • TransAsia Airways Taiwan crash leaves dozens dead

    Read more

  • Poland’s Rafal Majka wins 17th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

Flintoff to quit Test cricket after Ashes series

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-21

On the eve of the second Test against Australia at Lord's, England's charismatic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has confirmed he will retire from Test cricket after this summer's Ashes series, admitting his injury-prone body is struggling to cope.

AFP - Andrew Flintoff will retire from Test cricket at the end of the ongoing Ashes series against Australia, the injury-prone England all-rounder announced here on Wednesday.
  
The 31-year-old, who has so far played 75 Tests for his country since his debut in 1998, will though continue to make himself available for selection for One-Day Internationals and International Twenty20 fixtures, a statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.
  
Flintoff was the star of England's 2005 Test series win over Australia as the team regained the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
  
But injuries have blighted his career and he now has to overcome a knee problem, sustained in last week's drawn first Test against Australia, if he is to play in the second match of the current Ashes series starting at Lord's here on Thursday.
  
"My body has told me it's time to stop," Flintoff said in an ECB statement.
  
"Since 2005 I've had two years when I've done nothing but rehab from one injury or another.
  
"It's been something I've been thinking about for a while and I think this last problem I've had with my knee has confirmed to me that the time is now right."
  
Former England captain Michael Atherton praised Flintoff's contribution to his country's team but questioned the timing of his decision.
  
"It's curious timing because obviously if Flintoff didn't play in this game (the second Ashes Test) and England did well and won, what do they do? Do they go back to Flintoff with the end of the series approaching when he's not going to be playing beyond that? It's not yet certain he'll get a grand finale or farewell."
  
Even so, Atherton said Flintoff will feel "absolutely fulfilled" when he looks back on his career.
  
"He has been a very good Test match cricketer, not a great one but a very good one who had a great series in 2005. His career's not over because he'll want to play some more one-day international cricket. I suspect he'll feel absolutely fulfilled."
  
Another former skipper, Graham Gooch, said Flintoff's retirement from Test cricket would be a "big loss" but said the modern workload of Tests, one-day and Twenty20 cricket was a big burden.
  
"It is a big loss for English cricket, because he has a presence about him. He's not been the biggest influence on all the Test matches he's played. But he does have a presence, and that brings others along with him," Gooch told BBC Radio.
  
"He has the ability to be able to get big players out. Certainly that was shown at the height of his career when England won the Ashes in 2005."
  

Date created : 2009-07-15

COMMENT(S)