Tweets of the Week: Freddie's back!

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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has announced his return to competitive cricket, nearly five years after his last professional match, and will turn out for Lancashire in the T20 Blast.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has announced his return to competitive cricket, nearly five years after his last professional match, and will turn out for Lancashire in the T20 Blast.

'Freddie' retired from all cricket in 2009 after a string of injuries kept him sidelined, but in the intervening years he's boxed, cycled, played tennis and become a talk show regular. Now, he's set his sights on cricket again, at the age of 36.

Needless to say, Twitter was abuzz with the news, with many a former player congratulating him and also questioning his sanity.

<b>Flintoff</b> announced on Friday morning, with a picture of himself signing a contract alongside Lancs director Mike Watkinson: "Still can't quite believe it @LancsCCC. Would be rude not to have a go! Even more excited 2nd time round!"

He then added: "My first contract @lancs was offered in my mum and dads front room over tea and custard creams by @BumbleCricket, even got our best cups out."

Former Glamorgan coach <b>Matt Maynard</b> tweeted, and referenced Watkinson: "@LancsCCC Congrats big fella Looking sharp. Winker looks as though he could have a go too!!"

One of Freddie's good friends, former England batsman <b>Kevin Pietersen</b> jokingly tweeted (a sly aside about his own situation too, we're sure): "#BOOM @flintoff11! How cool if Super Fred plays for England again…good luck bud!"

Their celebrity friend <b>Piers Morgan</b> jumped on that bandwagon, Tweeting: "What are the odds on @flintoff11 & @KP24 both playing for England again? #RealStars #BoxOffice"

England fast bowler <b>Stuart Broad</b> pondered the return and suggested some players for Nottinghamshire to recall: "If your county brought back an older icon like Lancs have with Fred, who would it be? #hadlee or #sobers #nottsoutlaws"

Former England bowler <b>Darren Gough</b> was supportive of his former team-mate: "@flintoff11 well fella. Good luck indeed. The legend returns, pleased for ya"

Former New Zealand all-rounder and Leicestershire Foxes player <b>Scott Styris</b> was jokingly disappointed, writing: "I see @flintoff11 is back for Lancashire for the @NatWestT20Blast. I thought my days of having to face him were over! #joy #great"

Former England batsman <b>Mark Butcher</b>, who also retired in 2009, was in no hurry to join Freddie in the nets: "@flintoff11 are you mad?! good luck pal x #oldfashioned"

Former Australia Test player <b>Tom Moody</b> said what most people were thinking: "A publicity stunt or tactical genius…we will see very soon!! #Flintoff #NatwestT20Blast"

<i>More to follow…</i>

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