It was a year ago in the Ashes of 2009 when Andrew Flintoff announced his retirement from Test cricket and underwent knee surgery. But the rehabilitation has not gone as desired because the England all rounder has now announced his retirement from all forms of retirement.
Flintoff revealed his frustration as he made the difficult decision, “It is with both disappointment and sadness that I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket.
“The decision to end my career came yesterday (Wednesday) after consultation with medical advisers. I was told that the problems I have been trying to overcome in re-hab for the last year following the latest in a series of operations would not recover sufficiently to allow a comeback.
“Having been told that my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative but to retire.
“I would like to thank my family, Lancashire Cricket Club, England, all my sponsors, friends and advisers for all the help and support they have given me throughout my career. Last, but by no means least, I am indebted to the encouragement and support I have always received from England’s magnificent supporters.”
He refused to be drawn into what he will be doing in the future now that the role of the freelance Twenty20 cricketer is out of the window, stating he would take a break before decising his future.