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Andrew Flintoff retires from cricket

Andrew Flintoff has announced his retirement from cricket, after finally giving in to the injuries that dogged his action-packed career. The former England all-rounder, who thrilled the nation during the Ashes wins of 2005 and 2009, came to the decision after consultation with medical advisers.

After retiring from test cricket in the aftermath of the 2009 Ashes series, but stated his desire to carry on in limited-overs matches and become ‘the best one-day player in the world’. However, it’s not to be.

‘Having been told my body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket, I had no alternative,’ said Flintoff in a statement. ‘I was told the problems I have been trying to overcome in rehab for the last year, following the latest of a series of operations, would not recover sufficiently to allow a comeback.

‘I would like to thank my family, Lancashire, 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. I will now be taking a break before deciding which future direction to take.’

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