Flintoff: I want this to be more than a stunt

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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is hoping his comeback to the game after five years out will last more than the current season, and is aiming to emulate some Australia veterans.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is hoping his comeback to the game after five years out will last more than the current season, and is aiming to emulate some Australia veterans.

Flintoff will make his comeback, after weeks of rumours, at the age of 36 for the Lancashire Lightning. If his body holds out, the reason for his retirement down to injuries, he hopes to keep going next season.

He told the BBC: "I don't want it to be one year. You see Brad Hogg playing in the Big Bash, Brad Hodge is playing for Australia at 39, Glen Chapple's 40 and still charging in in four-dayers.

"When I'm bowling it still hurts a bit, but I'm loving running in to bowl and if I can take that into a game I might be quite dangerous.

"I'd sooner try and have it not come off than sit at home for the rest of my days thinking, 'I should have tried this, I should have had a go.' I don't live like that."

After training with the Lighting on Friday evening, a jubilant Freddie tweeted: "What a day, like starting school again if Carlsberg made schools!

"Off to bed for a sleepless night, playing Penrith tomorrow! Must Remember to bite my lip if they sledge , too old for that nonsense I hope!"

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