Monday, September 7, 2009

Flintoff faces post surgery complications

Andrew Flintoff, the national hero of England is suffering from deep vein thrombosis in his right calf. He got affected by this only after the surgery that has been done after the Ashes tour.

Flintoff, who was instrumental in winning Ashes, announced his retirement due to series of career threatening injuries. News from Sky News says that Andrew Flintoff might not be playing for another six months. But ECB playing it down by saying this is the common complication of surgery and will be cured by simple course of treatment.

Andrew Flintoff one of the finest cricketers of our time is however determined to play ODI and T20. He has announced retirement only to pave way for him to play other shorter formats of the game.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Matt Prior proved Bob Willis assumptions wrong

England legendary cricketer has hailed Matt Prior as ‘Dire Prior’ before the Ashes test. But Matt Prior proved him completely wrong by his brilliant performances against mighty Aussies. He proudly says that he has made selectors decision of picking him in the squad right by excelling with both bat and behind the stumps.

Prior earned recognition after scoring 115 runs at lords and also scored 61 off 42 balls only to help Andrew Flintoff to have a go on Australians. With the gloves, he has only given past 9 runs as byes comparing Braddin who has given a whopping 31.

England wicket keepers were always seen in eagle eye, but Prior cemented his place firm in this strong English side.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Andrew Flintoff gets fear of not playing again

England alrounder Andrew Flintoff fears that following an operation in his right knee might prevent him of further playing cricket. English alrounder who has retired from test cricket after recently concluded Ashes series is unable to bear any weight on his right leg for between six to eight weeks. Flintoff rehabilitation involves strapping his limb that is injured in to a machine for massive eight hours in a day.

Flintoff revealed that if the operation is not successful then he may not play again and he has to prepare for that. He further told that he finished his test career in a high and he likes to complete his with a world cup win for England.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Flintoff’s return is delayed for England

Andrew Flintoff who inspired England’s to regain Ashes will be returning to ODI games after six to eight weeks following a surgery in his knee.

Flintoff who decided to quit the test in order to concentrate on ODI is undergoing surgery arthroscopy and micro-fracture surgery to his right knee. On-going rehabilitation will be determined time to time by the surgeon, told ECB.

Veteran English alrounder might return during the next domestic season if he is not injuring again in lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

Earlier Flintoff told that he would quit international cricket after seeing England wins world cup 2011.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stuart Broad wants to emulate McGrath

English alrounder Stuart Broad may be seen as replacement to retired Andrew Flintoff, but he wants to emulate veteran Australian pacer Glenn McGrath. He is seeing McGrath as his role model and would be happy even if he achieves what McGrath has done.

Kevin Pietersen has told that there would be void after Andrew Flintoff absence, but he is sure that Stuart Broad would fill it. Reacting to that Broad told that he would be pleased if he does half of what Flintoff has done to England.

After Broad’s inspiring performance against Australia in fifth and final test, legendary leg spinner bowler showered lavish praise on Broad on his splendid performance. Apart from his bowling performances, Broad has also chipped in with batting cameos in the lower that helped the team immensely.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aim is to become no.1 team in the world – Broad

English alrounder Stuart Broad has expressed his willingness to become no.1 test team in the world. Broad who was adjudged the man of the match in Oval test in which England have beaten Australia by 197 runs to clinch the series.

Stuart Broad told to The telegraph that woke up the smiling face. He and England have to do more in the future to attain number one spot. The absence of Flintoff would be felt, but they have used to it, when Flintoff was out of team due to injuries.

England coach Andy Flower too have expressed that England has long way to go to emerge top. He told that England team will not rest on their laurels.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Andrew Flintoff all set to give one final punch

Some exceptional players cannot be ascertained by their statistics. They are rated as great players only because of their contributions to team victories and the game of cricket. Andrew Flintoff who is playing in fifth and final Ashes test is one such evidence. Flintoff’s contributions to England victories and cricket were very imminent.

Andrew Flintoff started his career slowly and calmly. But always displayed promise to become big. Under the noble captaincy of Michael Vaughan, he went to his peak performances, especially in Ashes 2005 in which England Ashes after 16 years. Andrew Flintoff has taken 14 wickets and scored 402 runs to script England’s Ashes victory. He declared himself that he is finest alrounders to reckon with. With his huge frame he is the crowd favorites in the likes of Ian Botham and Miller. That means he declared himself as a very prominent alrounders of the world with his effective performances.

Flintoff who is retiring from Test after Ashes series has scored 3,816 runs and 225 wickets. Flintoff revealed that he is proud to play for England and involve in victories for them. He joked that if some one asked him at the age of 20 whether he would play 70 tests for England, he could have snapped their arms.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Anderson needs victory for Flintoff

James Anderson urged his team mates to lift their perfomances to win fifth and final test oval. He wants that victory to be dedicated to Andrew Flintoff who is playing is last Test match. Andrew Flintoff is declared fit and will be playing in Oval. Anderson wants to send Flintoff with the winning note that too Ashes victory.

Australian vice captain Michael Clarke has told that Australians would not play for a draw as that will help them retain Ashes. He told that in 50 odd Tests played, they only played for winning and never forced a draw. He would like to desperately win the fifth test match and by that lift Ashes.

Michael Clarke is very consistent so far in the current Ashes series. He has scored 445 runs at an average of 89 with two tons and a crisp 93. His overall Test average is 50 plus, which is the benchmark of the great player.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kent’s Joe Denly in England ODI squad

Uncapped Kent’s opening Joe Denly has been included in the seven match ODI series against Australia and in the Champions trophy. Denly is also been included in T20 squad that happens after the fifth the final test at Oval.

National selector Geoff Miller have told that Joe Denly have performed excellently in ODI games in domestic circuit. With Kevin Pietersen not in the seat it is time for Denly to show what he is capable of.

Andrew Flintoff who will be retiring from Test cricket after Oval test is also named both in ODI and T20 squad. Adil Rashid and Luke Wright who played for T20 world cup too named in both ODI and T20 squad.

Andrew Strauss will be captaining ODI and Paul Collingwood would be leading T20 side.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Its time to become a hero says Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen told that it is time for English players to become a hero by performing and getting Ashes in the fifth and final Test match at Oval.

It does not matter how many centuries have been made or how many five wicket haul has been achieved, performing and winning the final test is bigger than any thing, he told in an article. He told he would visiting the team to see players smiling and get abuse from them for not playing on Thursday. He would not advise them as it is not his job.

English players should switch off TVs and radio and should concentrate on what to do in the final. They should calmly assess and try to emulate what Flintoff has done, he added. He asked the players to stand before the mirror and ask themselves, ‘do you want to become a hero and savior for England’.