This article by David Hopps in today's Guardian suggests that Flintoff needed protection and it should have been obvious to the English skipper during the futile (for England) day in the field as Pakistani batsmen were piling on the agony.
He also suggests in the same argument that Udal "should have bowled most of the morning merely to spare Flintoff and, if he had kept disappearing into the crowd, he should have been told to bowl some more. "....
and that........ "for England's sole spinner to manage 18 overs out of 156.2 on such a benign surface should have automatically ruled him out of next year's tour to India"
Is this really true ?......not just in the context of this game/series but in the overall context of Flintoff's career and of other star performers like him in various international teams.?
AND does Udal's handling suggest a lack of confidence in that bowler to the extent to preclude any future England duties ?