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Old July 23, 2007, 08:34 PM
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Default Andrew Flintoff set for batting return

Andrew Flintoff will make a low-key return to action for Lancashire Second XI at Blackpool today. The England all-rounder, who had a third operation on his left ankle on June 1, will play against Derbyshire purely as a batsman.
Flintoff has featured in a single County Championship game and three Friends Provident Trophy matches for Lancashire this season, suffering discomfort in the four-day game against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl in May. He took no part in the Test series against the West Indies but the England and Wales Cricket Board are now happy that he has made sufficient progress to be eased back into action.
No targets have been set beyond today's encounter although Flintoff has expressed his determination to return to the England squad for the one-day series against India, which begins at the Rose Bowl on Aug 21.
The Second XI match at Blackpool will be a gentle workout for Flintoff and the England medical team will not be able to judge his fitness seriously until he tests his ankle by bowling in a competitive environment, possibly on the Twenty20 Cup finals day at Edgbaston on Aug 4.
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