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Thread: Freddie may return to First-Class cricket

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    Freddie may return to First-Class cricket

    Lancashire County Cricket Club - Official Website

    While his return is delayed, would be excellent news for Lancashire, and cricket in general, if he can return to the first-class game mid-way through the season. Fingers crossed for the big man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster View Post
    Lancashire County Cricket Club - Official Website

    While his return is delayed, would be excellent news for Lancashire, and cricket in general, if he can return to the first-class game mid-way through the season. Fingers crossed for the big man.
    Really, what's the point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Really, what's the point?
    First-class cricket is a far more superior game to the one-dayers and the T20 hit and giggle, and you want to see the best players playing it. Should he regain his fitness and be anything like, it would be great to see him back in a Lancs CC line-up, he should certainly strengthen their title hopes, and bring the crowds through the gates.


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    Fredwanking tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Really, what's the point?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Alex View Post
    Fredwanking tbh.
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    I don't understand the point of this at all.

    I thought the whole purpose of his retirement was the effects on his body from his bowling? That way he could save himself and prolong his career.

    A long season in FC cricket bowling hundreds of overs hardly seems like the right idea. I mean, if you're going to do that, you might as well play Tests....
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    Yeah, FC and Tests are the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Yeah, FC and Tests are the same
    Is he going to play as a specialist batsman? Or will his ankle know the difference between 40 overs in FC cricket vs most likely a less number of overs in Tests.

    The reason for Freedie's retirement wasn't a Trescothick type reason to stay near his home and family....

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    Yeah but the intensity of Test Cricket isn't close to that of FC, I don't think it will come close to having that effect on his body. We'll see though I guess.

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    Well, hopefully you're right. We'll see though - at least at the Test level, Freddie isn't nearly as effective when he isn't going full pace. From the perspective of prolonging his career and maximizing his earning potential, this does not look to be a good move. He might be thinking with his heart instead of head here - if I were his agent, I'd sit him down and knock some sense into him.

    He could be passing up potentially a year or two of earnings over his career, which in his case, could equate to $3-4million.

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    Think there is also the issue here that he can ;pick and choose his games more with Lancashire, something that would not be deemed acceptable with England. Of course Lancashire will have to nurse him through the half season, playing him in certain CC games, then resting him, especially with the domestic calendar. Don't think that level of fitness can be compared to the pressures and grind of Test cricket, I cannot imagine, for example, his body could go through back to back Tests, and he probably recognises England cannot change the side so frequently, as it will not benefit anyone.

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    Anyone else think he might have been hinting at a return to tests though? I think it is very unlikely because of his injuries but some of the quote's suggest to me that it might be in the back of his mind. If by some miracle he manages an almost full season of first class cricket then would he be tempted for an ashes return?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Anyone else think he might have been hinting at a return to tests though? I think it is very unlikely because of his injuries but some of the quote's suggest to me that it might be in the back of his mind. If by some miracle he manages an almost full season of first class cricket then would he be tempted for an ashes return?
    Think there will always be that temptation if he knows he can get through 4-day games, if indeed he does. What will be interesting is that Freddie loves the big occasion, the crowd getting behind him, the showman, that's when he rose to the occasion. The daily grind of the County calendar may soon have him thinking whether it's all worth it and whether he can get himself up for CC games, the atmosphere is quite different from a Test match. Vaughan is an example of someone who struggled to motivate himself and finally bowed out.

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