Injured Flintoff dreaming of playing the Ashes

May 13th, 2009 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 13 (ANI): England’s talismanic all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff, is recovering from knee surgery, and despite his latest setback, he insists that he is working towards participating in this year’s Ashes against the Australians.

“When you’ve had the problems I’ve had, with the ankle operations and now my knee, then it’s the dream of playing Ashes cricket and beating Australia that keeps you going,” he told SunSport.

“That’s the motivation during rehab, but when the time comes around I have to make sure I’m on top of my game, too. It is the series you want to play in. People ask if the 5-0 whitewash in 2006-07 motivates me for revenge. But, to be honest, I don’t need any more motivation than just to play in The Ashes again,” he added.

“My injury was building up, and while it’s frustrating, at least it happened now. There was always going to be people commenting about it. But it wasn’t one incident that did it, it was a gradual thing that had built up over time. I would have been playing for Lancashire had it not been Chennai in the IPL, so this would have happened. And their medical staff were excellent. I have no regrets, none whatsoever,” Flintoff said.

He added: “I cannot wait to get back into the side - provided I’m performing. (ANI)

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