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Andrew Flintoff considering Big Bash offers

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Andrew Flintoff's cricket comeback looks set to continue this winter as the 36-year-old all-rounder considers offers to play in Australia's Big Bash competition.

"I've had offers to play in the Big Bash but I'm going to sit down and talk with my family," Flintoff told reporters. "I've never been to Australia and played - apart from that series we don't speak about (the 2006-07 Ashes series) - so I'd love to do that.

"If there's an opportunity there, why not? It's one of the things I've wanted to do, I was about to sign for Queensland in 2009 when I retired."

Current Englishmen playing in the Big Bash include Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen of the Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat's Craig Kieswetter and Hobart Hurricanes all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Flintoff has previously appeared in the IPL, where he captained Chennai Super Kings in the 2009 season.

Finals Day 

The former England captain, who initially retired in 2009, shocked the cricketing world by coming out of retirement earlier this summer in order to play for Lancashire Lightning in this year's t20 Blast competition.

After two games, Flintoff sat out for a while with a calf injury, before being named in the Red Rose's Finals Day squad.

Despite not playing in the semi-final, an injury to Kabir Ali saw Flintoff picked, and despite dismissing Ian Bell and hitting consecutive sixes off Oliver Hannon-Dalby in the penultimate over, the veteran could not prevent a narrow defeat.

Horton Praise

Paul Horton, Lancashire’s T20 captain, said of Flintoff: “I’m sure we would find room for him in our squad.

“To come from not playing any cricket to get a wicket with your first ball, and then to walk in at nine needing to make something happen and to hit the ball out of the park, he still has the raw ability to perform at this level.”

There is also speculation that Flintoff may play in various other t20 leagues around the world, including South Africa's Ram Slam and potentially earn himself another IPL contract.

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