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Andrew Flintoff comes out of retirement to play for Lancashire

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Andrew Flintoff has signed a new contract with Lancashire and will play the NatWest T20 Blast League this year.

For every fan who was hungry for a Freddie dose, this day has got to be the happiest as England's Ashes hero came out of retirement signing a new contract with his hometown club. 

As soon as the news rolled out, there was a flood of smiles all over Twitter as Flintoff has once more returned, and who knows, he might wear an England shirt once again.

Talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "I feel young; I behave like I'm young. 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."

We all know how much the Lancashire lad has loved the game. There seemed to be a certain level of enjoyment on his face every time he took to a cricket field. The very love for Cricket has made him comeback yet again.

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

Also, Flintoff was sanguine that he'll be selected for the MCC Vs RoW game at Lord's on July 5. Though, when he was called, they said they didn't need him as other big players had already been selected. 

"John Stephenson from the MCC phoned me up and I thought the call was to tell me where to turn up and who was in the side," said Flintoff.

"The kids were in the car and he told me they didn't want me. He said they've got Brian Lara and all these other people.

"I thought, 'They're all 10 years older than me and they've not played for years'. I saw my kids' faces and that's the first time they'd seen their dad told he can't do something.

"They said, 'Never mind, there will be other games'. And I thought, 'There will be actually'.

"It was getting knocked back and wanting to play, practising and realising 'I can still do this', and there was unfinished business when I retired.

"I'd sooner try and have it not come off than sit at home for the rest of my days thinking, 'I should have tried this, I should have had a go.' I don't live like that."

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