Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Flintoff Won't Be Fit for Lions Tour to India

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Flintoff Won't Be Fit for Lions Tour to India

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JAMES Foster, Steve Kirby and Charlie Shreck have all been called up as replacements for the England Lions tour to India - but Test all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will not be joining the tour.

Suggestions Flintoff might return to action in India as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery have been scotched by the England and Wales Cricket Board. They also announced Essex wicketkeeper Foster and seamers Kirby (Gloucestershire) and Shreck (Nottinghamshire) will join the tour because of injuries to Worcestershire pair Steven Davies and Kabir Ali.

Wicketkeeper Davies has a knee injury, and all-rounder Kabir has an ankle problem. An ECB update said: "Andrew Flintoff will not be joining the Lions squad for the tour of India and is making good progress with his recovery from surgery.

"He will continue his rehabilitation programme with Lancashire, and it is anticipated he will be available for their pre-season tours of India and Dubai."

The Lions are due to fly to Mumbai on January 23. …

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