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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Flintoff wants to become best one-day player in the world

All rounder Andrew Flintoff, who underwent a knee operation 24 hours after his heroics helped England regain the Ashes, wants to become best one day player in the world.

Flintoff was devastated last week when told by specialist Andy Williams that he would require more surgery as he has already had four on his right ankle.

"Wearing the three lions is a massive incentive and I want to wear them again," The Sun quoted Flintoff, as saying.

"My aim is to become the best one-day player in the world and play in the next two World Cups for England," he said.

If Flintoff is fit to play in Bangladesh, he could then go to the IPL for a six-week campaign with his Chennai Super Kings franchise.

"I've been an Ashes winner twice and I've played 79 Tests. I'm happy. I enjoyed the celebrations but it has dawned on me that the next time England play a Test match I'm not going to be involved.

"I've never achieved greatness. Look at the greats of our game - Garry Sobers, Ian Botham and Ricky Ponting have achieved greatness over a long period of time. I've done it occasionally," he added.

England coach Andy Flower is confident that Flintoff has not played his final game for England.

"He's had a tough time with injuries and has always fought back. He looks after himself well and is a strong man. I'm sure he'll come back and do great things for England's one-day team," Flower said.

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