Andrew Flintoff ends his cricketing career
Only months after targeting an alleged bowling comeback, England’s Andrew Flintoff has retired from all forms of the game.
The Ashes hero says that he is exiting the sport “with disappointment and sadness” after being tormented by various injuries over the last few years.
Ultimately the decision was taken out of Flintoff’s hands as he goes along with medical advice that warned the 32-year-old that he could no longer expect to be fit enough participate.
"Having been told my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative." stated Flintoff.
The all-rounder had been hounded by problems with both his ankles and knees and has undergone surgery on them on multiple occasions in an attempt to be able to bring him back into the sport he loves.
Flintoff was both a fan and players favourite and was a vital element in England’s victory in the Ashes in 2005 and 2009.
He was described by one pundit as ‘a man who could make magical moments happen’ and although he would never have the best batting or bowling record, he brought a sense that ‘anything was possible’ to the sport.
Although dogged with injury, the news of Flintoff’s retirement has come as a shock to some as it was only late last year that he signed a new deal with Lancashire, despite being in injury rehabilitation in Dubai at the time.
In a statement, Flintoff said: "I would like to thank my family, Lancashire, England, all my sponsors, friends and advisers for all the help and support they have given me throughout my career.
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