Andrew Flintoff in talks to play for the Brisbane Heat

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Andrew Flintoff looks set to extend his comeback further by playing T20 cricket in Australia this winter, after entering negotiations with former teammate – and Brisbane Heat coach – Stuart Law.

The former England captain came out of retirement to play for Lancashire in this summer’s Natwest T20 Blast and enjoyed success as the Old Trafford-based club reached the final of the competition. Now there is a chance that his return will continue, with the prospect of him playing domestic cricket in Australia for the very first time.

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Earlier this year, Flintoff ended five years of retirement to come and play for boyhood club Lancashire once again. And the high-profile signing proved to his home county that he still had it, removing Ian Bell with his first ball in the final of this year’s domestic T20 competition.

The all-rounder then hit an unbeaten 20 from eight balls that took his side within five runs of victory. There wasn’t to be a fairytale ending on that summer evening at Edgbaston, though, as the Birmingham Bears won the competition on home soil.

However, the 36-year-old showed that he is still capable of competing at a good level of limited-overs cricket. His body may not yet allow him to bowl for more than four overs, but he can still be a lucrative signing in the shortest format of the sport.

Big Bash

The Ashes winner was denied the opportunity to play in the Australian Big Bash back in 2009 when a knee injury curtailed his career. Flintoff had agreed to play for Queensland that year, but retired before he got the chance to compete down under.

But now it seems as though he has been given a reprieve by a former teammate. Stuart Law played with the England all-rounder at Lancashire, and is now head coach of Brisbane Heat.

And the 45-year-old revealed to the Manchester Evening News that initial talks had begun with Flintoff: “We've had discussions with Freddie, and if things go well, hopefully we will be able to confirm next week that he will play some part in the Big Bash for us."

Showpiece event

If Flintoff does sign for Brisbane, then there is every chance that he will come up against former England colleague Kevin Pietersen, when Heat play Melbourne Stars on December 28th.

The two big hitters were both key members of the England team that won the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series and a reunion – against onn another – would be a sight not to be missed.

Now it seems as if we just have to wait a few days for confirmation that Freddie will be heading to Australia later this year.


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