Andrew Flintoff has received several offers to play in Australia’s Big Bash League after his successful comeback with Lancashire.
The one-time England captain starred in the Red Rose’s T20 Blast final against Birmingham, though he could not prevent the Bears walking away with a four-run victory.
Admiration from afar
However, his achievements during his second stint in county cricket have won admiration from a number of sides Down Under. Flintoff may have only played three times since his return, but he took six wickets and looked fit enough to continue playing.
The 36-year-old told the BBC, “I’ve had offers to play in the Big Bash but I’m going to sit down and talk with my family”.
Having originally retired in 2010, Flintoff’s battles with injury suggest he will be limited to T20 cricket, and has effectively ruled out playing again in any longer formats.
“I’m playing in this form of the game when I never expected to and I don’t want to push my luck”, he added.
Flintoff has also been linked with a shock return for England, but there appears to be little substance to those claims.
The Big Bash, on the other hand, represents the perfect opportunity for ‘Freddie’ to continue his decorated career.
Big names at the Big Bash
Other big names already signed up for the Big Bash include Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales, who will link up with Hobart Hurricanes as their overseas recruit.
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith will not be re-joining Perth Scorchers, after coach Justin Langer confirmed an approach had been rejected by Smith, who spent part of this season in England with Surrey.
The Scorchers’ squad will be strong nonetheless, including the likes of Brad Hogg and Yasir Arafat.
Getting underway in December and going on until late January, the Big Bash boasts few English players at present, a somewhat surprising statistic considering the need to keep fit ahead of next year’s ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
A lack of England representatives
The BBL would also provide the chance to acclimatise to the conditions, and several other top sides are already taking advantage. India captain MS Dhoni, New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori, and South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Morne Morkel are all set to feature.
Naturally, there is a delicate balance to be found between rest and match sharpness, and England’s stars have endured a packed schedule over the last twelve months.
As for Flintoff, it is not clear which clubs have made offers for him, but as he has proved for Lancashire, he can add another touch of glamour to what is fast becoming a dazzling BBL.
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