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Andrew Flintoff makes T20 comeback

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Andrew Flintoff has confirmed that he will take part in this year's Natwest T20 Blast for Lancashire.

The former England all-rounder retired from International cricket after England's successful Ashes campaign in 2009, in which Flintoff signed off with typically dramatic style, running Ricky Ponting out in the last Test.

"I feel young; I behave like I'm young," he told BBC Sport. "It's the easiest decision I've made in my career.

"Lancs think I can do it; I think I can do it. I can't guarantee performance but I'm going to have a go at this. I've got to prove myself."

Flintoff had been training with the Lancashire squad prior to the start of the season starting many rumours about a return to professional cricket, before an ankle injury scuppered his plans. 

It is unlikely that he will make his debut on Friday against Birmingham - Warwickshire's new T20 name- but he is expected to make his home debut on the 6th June against arch-rivals Yorkshire.

Flintoff was a part of two successful Ashes campaigns in 2005 and 2009, but he was Captain for the 2006/07 series in which England lost 5-0.

He added: "I'm playing for the reasons that I first started playing cricket, because I love the game and I enjoy it.

"When I'm in the nets I'm stood in there with a bat in my hand just grinning. When I'm bowling it still hurts a bit, but I'm loving running into bowl and if I can take that into a game I might be quite dangerous.

"I don't want it to be one year. You see Brad Hogg playing in the Big Bash, Brad Hodge is playing for Australia at 39, Glen Chapple's 40 and still charging in in four-dayers."

Flintoff represented England 227 times across all three formats, scoring eight hundreds and taking 400 wickets.

Since retiring, Flintoff has been working in the media as well as making his professional boxing debut in 2012.

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