Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Can Still Get Better ( Flintoff

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Can Still Get Better ( Flintoff

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England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes he has not yet reached the peak of his powers and expects to be an even better batsman in a couple of years' time.

The Lancashire all-rounder returned home early from the tour of South Africa to have surgery on a troublesome bone spur on his left ankle in order for him to be ready to face Australia this summer.

His position in the side is seen as key to England's hopes but despite being named 2004 one-day player of the year he accepts he is not the finished article just yet.

"Some of the best batters in the world probably peaked at 30 or 31, so I have got a bit in me yet," said Flintoff.

"I have had a few injuries ( I had a back problem as a kid. As a batter I am hoping I am getting better and better and when I get to 33 I hope I will be firing on all cylinders. …

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