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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2010-09-16

England cricket player Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff announced he was retiring for good on Thursday. Now the rumour mill is churning as to whether Flintoff will pursue a career as a TV pundit.

Cricket star Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff announced his retirement from all cricket in a statement released on Thursday by the player's management company.

"It is with both disappointment and sadness that I am today (Thursday) announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket," former England captain Flintoff said in a statement released by International Sports Management.

"The decision to end my career came yesterday (Wednesday) after consultation with medical advisers," added the 32-year-old all-rounder, who quit the Test format after helping England regain the Ashes last year.

"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."

Flintoff, who has been widely tipped to follow the path of fellow ex-England skippers Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan by pursuing a media career, added: "I will now be taking a break before deciding which future direction to take."

Andrew Flintoff's best achievement was arguably the 2005 Ashes victory. After an 18-year drought, England regained the tiny trophy in Australia but the celebration was marred by reports that Flintoff was drunk and rowdy on the tour bus. 

In 2007, after a disastrous World Cup campaign in the West Indies, his international carreer was put on hold a first time after he fell off a pedalo drunk one late night. The 'Fredalo' incident, as it was dubbed, hit the headlines in Britain.

In 2009, Flintoff quit Lancashire for the Indian Premier League, Twenty20, to become the most expensive player at the IPL auctions after the Chennai Super Kings paid a staggering 1.55 million dollar for him.

Date created : 2010-09-16


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