England have recalled Andrew Flintoff to their squad for the second test against the Proteas which starts on Friday at Headingley.
Flintoff’s recall won’t come as much of a shock to cricket fans after the England bowling attack were left frustrated by the Proteas’ rearguard defence to force a draw at Lord’s.
Although the Poms threw everything at the South African batsman, in the end they lacked any real firepower and England captain Michael Vaughan confirmed that Flintoff would come straight back into the squad for the second Test to add some much needed pace and bounce.
“It was always at the back of my mind to get Freddie back into the team. He just needed another game to prove to himself that his body was right. He’s got through a good game at Hampshire, where he’s bowled a lot of overs and made a few runs. He’s ready to come back,” Vaughan told cricinfo.com
The question will now be who will make way for Flintoff in the starting line-up. It all depends on whether England choose to go with a five-man attack, which would probably mean that the out of form Paul Collingwood would be sacrificed or they could choose to drop either Ryan Sidebottom (who is suffering from a back strain) or Stuart Broad.