Cricket

Freddie Flintoff set for shock return?

Flintoff's boxing record matches Floyd Mayweather's. (©GettyImages)
Flintoff's boxing record matches Floyd Mayweather's. (©GettyImages).

Andrew Flintoff could be set for another return to sport, this time at the one that made him a national hero, cricket.

Flintoff, who retired from the game in 2010 due to injuries, has undertaken a series of roles since hanging up his boots. 

A quiz show panellist, radio host, darts commentator, all round television personality and most famously of all, professional boxer. His one bout in 2012 against Richard Dawson saw him again catapulted into the limelight of the media after his debut victory. 

And now it has been reported by the Daily Mail that his club, Lancashire CCC want him to return for their Twenty 20 blast this summer. 

Flintoff, who still partakes in cricket for a local side, is a coach at Lancashire's youth teams, and the Mail report that his involvement could well have sparked the old competitive flame inside him. 

The paper reports that despite his age and injuries, he can still bowl at 80mph plus speeds, and few questions could be asked about his ability to hit bowlers around the park. 

But would a return spoil his Lancashire legacy?

"Freddie" is a legend for both Lancashire and England supporters, but a poor performance in the competition could spoil the work he did in years gone by, in the same way a poor Ryan Giggs spell at Manchester United would ruin his own. 

The all-rounder won BBC's Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 after his Ashes winning performances in the same year, and four years later he helped England do it again, in what proved to be his final test series.

Lancashire have played down reports of a miraculous return, but if it was too happen, it would surely make this season's competition a special one.

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