Clock ticking for fit Freddie

The top echelons of England cricket must be working overtime on how to get the most pivotal player in their Ashes campaign, Andrew Flintoff, match fit, let alone tour fit.

The Guardian reported today that England will officially approach Cricket Australia to guarantee that Andrew Flintoff can play club cricket in Australia as a means of getting him fit enough to play in the First Test which starts in Brisbane on 23rd November.

According to The Guardian, the debate will be on between those who think there is a moral obligation to allow Flintoff to regain match fitness in Australia and those who are still smarting from the Ashes defeat last year and think England’s run of injuries is their problem, and they should manage it as best they can.

Australian fans have not forgiven the English cricket team for not going to the aid of their stricken captain Ricky Ponting when he was injured by a bouncer during the last Ashes campaign. However, having promised so much for the next Australian summer, can Cricket Australia really afford not to assist one of the Ashes biggest drawcards?

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