'The Greatest Living Englishman' is back, as Flintoff comes out of retirement

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Former England captain Andrew Flintoff has returned to the Lancashire Lightning's squad for the remainder of this year's T20 Blast campaign.

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff has returned to the Lancashire Lightning's squad for the remainder of this year's T20 Blast campaign.

Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in September 2010, trained with the county throughout May.

While a minor ankle injury delayed the comeback, Friday saw Lancashire County Cricket Club cricket director Mike Watkinson confirm the 36-year-old's availability.

"We are delighted to have Fred involved once again at the club. He is Lancashire through and through and his record for both club and country speaks for itself," said Watkinson.

"Fred has been back at Old Trafford under his own steam since the winter and has been working with the academy and in the nets with some of the other players.

"Over a period of time he has picked up on his physical conditioning and this continues to improve. He has shown in practice that he still has plenty of class with bat and ball, and will be a great addition to the T20 Blast squad."

Lancashire are currently leading the T20 domestic competition's North Division on the back of three wins in four matches. Their next fixture will be against the Birmingham Bears at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

"I'm really honoured to be part of Lancashire once again. It is something that I never thought would happen but, after training with the squad over the last few months, I am really happy that they have invited me to play," Flintoff told the county's official website.

"I have worked really hard to get back to my fittest and I hope that we have a successful summer. I'm just glad that I can be part of it."

The veteran all-rounder scored more than 7,000 runs and snared exactly 400 wickets across 227 international fixtures between July 1998 and August 2009.

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