Playing for England is my priority: Flintoff

February 28th, 2009 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 28 (IANS) England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff Saturday said his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a well thought out decision but insisted that all he is focussing right now is to get fit to play in upcoming one-day series in West Indies.
Flintoff, who injured his hip in the third Test in Antigua, flew home Friday after being ruled out of the fifth and last Test after missing the fourth.

“I put myself in the IPL knowing the schedule,” Flintoff was quoted as saying in the Guardian. “Everyone is going on about the IPL, it’s a hot topic at the moment, but all I am looking at is playing for England in the one-day series.

“The IPL is a few weeks away, my goal is to play in the one-day series and then the IPL will take care of itself. It is something I want to go to but playing for England is the ultimate and that’s what I want to do.

“I know what I need to do to get fit. It’s harder being around the Test matches, you are desperate to play, you are a bit flat because of it. You don’t know where to put yourself in the dressing room, everyone you bump into is asking, ‘When will you be back?’

“I just want to get on with the work and get back as soon as I can,” he said.

Flintoff, 31, will continue his rehabilitation under the supervision of his own fitness guru, Dave Roberts, with England’s chief medical officer, Nick Peirce, overseeing the process from Loughborough.

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