Flintoff pondering Big Bash offers

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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is aiming to continue his comeback to the game as he considers signing up for the Big Bash League in Australia at the end of the year.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is aiming to continue his comeback to the game as he considers signing up for the Big Bash League in Australia at the end of the year.

Flintoff was retired for five years before making a comeback for Lancashire in June, and played three matches in the T20 Blast, including the final against Birmingham, which the Bears won.

Flintoff did well in that game, bowling England batsman Ian Bell with his first delivery, and then he scored 20 frantic runs in the chase, but the Lightning fell four runs short.

Now, at the age of nearly 37, is looking to keep going, telling the <i>BBC</i>: "I've had offers to play in the Big Bash but I'm going to sit down and talk with my family.

"I've never been to Australia and played – apart from that series we don't speak about (2006-07) – so I'd love to do that.

"If there's an opportunity there, why not? It's one of the things I've wanted to do, I was about to sign for Queensland in 2009 when I retired."

Freddie retired as a knee injury kept him on the treatment table, but he is hopeful of being able to play next season if given the chance: "I always dreamt I'd play again but realistically didn't think it was possible.

"I had the knee surgeon saying you can't run again and that was like a red rag to a bull. I can bowl better than this, I can get quicker.

"I'm getting fitter all the time – it's been a real effort on my part – and I reckon if I can have a pre-season next year, be around the team a bit more I think I can contribute and win something for Lancashire. It's a burning desire of mine."

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