Flintoff nearing comeback?

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Lancashire have refused to rule out the prospect of Andrew Flintoff making a shock return to domestic cricket.

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff might be on the brink of a return to domestic cricket.

Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in September 2010, has been practising with Lancashire this month.

The 36-year-old's training alongside the academy players, in particular, has brought speculation of an imminent comeback.

"There is an awful long way to go before that happens. We haven't asked him to come back, and he hasn't come to us saying he wants to play," Lancashire board cricket representative Paul Allott told the <i>Manchester Evening News</i>.

"Andrew has been down at the ground over the last couple of months and has been mentoring the academy. He put his pads on to have a bat and he has been batting and bowling pretty well.

"But he has not played cricket or done any running around the outfield or taken any catches. He has been more than useful helping the lads. Who knows if it will come to more than that."

The veteran Flintoff 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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