All’s quiet on Flintoff op­er­a­tion

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LON­DON: English cricket chiefs re­fused to com­ment yes­ter­day on a news­pa­per re­port that An­drew Flintoff (pic­tured) will un­dergo knee surgery im­me­di­ately af­ter the fifth Test against Aus­tralia.

The 31-year-old, who is re­tir­ing from Test cricket af­ter the Ashes de­cider be­cause his in­jury-wracked body can no longer stand the strain of the five-day for­mat, is due to travel with Eng­land’s one-day squad to Belfast on Tues­day.

That is the day af­ter Mon­day’s sched­uled end to the fifth Test here at the Oval, a match Eng­land must win to re­gain the Ashes. But a re­port in Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph said Flintoff, in­cluded in sev­eral Eng­land one-day squads for up­com­ing tour na­ments, will have an op­er­a­tion on his right knee that will side­line him for nine months.

An Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) spokesman said: “We are mak­ing no fur­ther com­ment on his med­i­cal con­di­tion.

“We are leav­ing him to con­cen­trate on the task at hand, which is on the field. As we have said pre­vi­ously an op­er­a­tion re­mains an op­tion at the end of the se­ries.

“He will be re-as­sessed at the end of this cur­rent match.”

Flintoff missed the fourth Test de­feat at Head­in­g­ley be­cause of his knee in­jury but was passed fit for the Ashes fi­nalé. – Sapa-AFP

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