Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Ace Flintoff Talks Very Good Fight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

England Ace Flintoff Talks Very Good Fight

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Andrew Flintoff is preparing to become a marked man again as England begin preparing for the forthcoming Test series against South Africa with the traditional curtain-raiser in Randjesfontein tomorrow.

Although Flintoff and the other seven Test specialists have been training here for several days, the one-day warm-up against Nicky Oppenheimer's XI will be their first outing as they build up for the opening Test in Port Elizabeth on December 17. South African fans will look closely at the form of Durham's fast bowler Steve Harmison, Marcus Trescothick and Graham Thorpe in the tour opener against a Select XI including ex-Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak.

There is no doubt, however, most of the attention will be centred on Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff.

Not just for his miraculous performances against South Africa in the 2003 drawn series in England but also because of his running verbal battle with fellow all-rounder Jacques Kallis throughout that summer. …

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