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    Flintoff's ankle may never be pain free

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/c...ry/257711.html

    Just as he was coming into his own, its really sad to hear this. I really hope he can still have a productive career despite the pain.
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    Hopefully this won't affect his career too negatively. He's one of those players that brings excitement to the game. We need players like him in cricket.

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    Especially as there aren't any off-the-field issues or controversies regarding him, truly a great guy to have in world cricket. We all want him back and at his best.

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    Surely he knows whats best for him but there is that big concern inside a fan like me which says...... He should concentrate on his batting since he is gifted enough to be a world class batsman. One would love to have a Flintoff who scored big and exciting hundreds in the upper middle order than one who bowled with pain and the risk that it may even deprive us of his batting sooner than it has to.


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    I think that most people would say that recently Flintoff's bowling has been more useful than his batting. Personally, I find his bowling more appealing too as he doesn't do anything really special with the bat often. He's a really versatile bowler though, who can get bounce using his height, and reverse swing too. Still, I think he'll probably lessen his role with the ball as his career continues to lessen injury. By the end of his career, he'll probably be something like a Kallis, more of a batsman who can bowl.

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    I have got an injury similar to that, I broke my leg about 2 years ago and because my ankle wasnt moving for 2 months solid, the muscles seized up and every few months, I get terrible pain, feeling like all the muscles have snapped.

    its not looking good, is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm NCCC
    I have got an injury similar to that, I broke my leg about 2 years ago and because my ankle wasnt moving for 2 months solid, the muscles seized up and every few months, I get terrible pain, feeling like all the muscles have snapped.

    its not looking good, is it?
    Ouch.

    It's no suprise to hear that he might have ankle problems all his career, he's a big lad and when he bowls his front foot is pointing towards fine leg which makes the impact a lot worse.

    It would be a great shame if he starts to focus on batting more(which i don't think he will) because he is the most well rounded all rounder in world cricket, he can turn a match with bat and ball which is why he is so exciting. If he eventualy becomes a batsman, we'll only be seeing half the Freddy.

    Though intrestingly he still says he veiws himself as a batter who bowls not a bowler who bats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative
    they are all excuses in case they lose the Ashes with us..

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    Even though his injury may never leave him, i think he can still be effective as a bowler & an all-round player, all England have to do is becareful how they use him in the future i.e if he plays a full test series give a break or two in the ODI's that follow.

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    I read in the paper that during his delivery stride, he exerts 8 times his body weight on his front foot (and is the article, should have read it before posting ).

    That's going to cause serious problems for such a big lad!
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    His run-up and action is far from fluent, and probably wouldn't be recommended one would think. That's the problem I guess.

    Hopefully he finishes out his career like he should, because he's a champion of the game that's for sure.
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    He seems a tough lad. It's almost becoming the lot of the fast bowler these days (at least with a fair amount of experience at top level).
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    Bad news for the great man & for (I'll be presumptuous) all cricket fans, English or not. I love Fred & suspect I'd love him almost as much were he not a son of John Bull; seems a lovely & genuinely unaffected chap.

    His delivery action has to be one of the most labour intensive out there, he doesn't generate his pace thru a rapid approach or a fast arm-action; he just seems to smack the front foot down & bowls quickly by a supreme force of will & the contortions of that massive frame of his.
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