Flintoff confident of being fit for third Ashes Test

Andrew Flintoff has about the intensive treatment programme that he is following in order to be fit for the third Ashes Test which gets underway at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The England all-rounder has been struggling with a persistent knee injury which threatens his involvement in what will be his final international Test series. Flintoff outlined the fitness training he has undertaken in an attempt to be ready for Thursday to talkSPORT.

"After the Test match last week my knee was a bit sore but I've been icing it and getting treatment from [the Lancashire physio] Dave Roberts," Freddie said. "I've been in the gym and have to prove my fitness at training this afternoon.

"After every session I've been icing it and now I have this machine that I put on [the knee] every night. It gets in the way a little bit. It wraps around my knee and it compresses it, half an hour on, half an hour off, throughout the night."

The hero of Lord's added: "Last week I bowled in some discomfort. But I managed to bowl my overs and get through. I managed to bowl at a decent pace so I'll hopefully prove this afternoon that I'm fine and hopefully the weather will keep away on Thursday at Edgbaston."

Flintoff also quashed rumours that he will miss the fourth Test in order to be fit for what could be a deciding fifth and final match of the international series against Australia: "I said before the Lord's Test that we had four [Test matches] to go and I intended to play every one of them," he said. "I played back-to-back Test matches last week and I fully intend doing the same this week."

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