Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frustrated Flintoff Won't Face the Kiwis - Frustrated Flintoffwont Face the Kiwis; Mixed Feelings: Andrew Flintoff Admits He Found It Hard Watching as Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell (above) Wrapped Up Victory after Andrew Strauss's Magnificent Century

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frustrated Flintoff Won't Face the Kiwis - Frustrated Flintoffwont Face the Kiwis; Mixed Feelings: Andrew Flintoff Admits He Found It Hard Watching as Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell (above) Wrapped Up Victory after Andrew Strauss's Magnificent Century

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Byline: David Lloyd

ANDREW FLINTOFF is refusing to set himself a comeback date but acceptshe has little chance of playing for England during their one-day series againstNew Zealand.

"I think I learned my lesson last time, building up trying to play in the Testsagainst New Zealand, and it didn't happen," said the all-rounder, who wasprimed to return at Lord's earlier this month until suffering a side strain.

Flintoff had been bowling brilliantly for Lancashire and appeared to haverecovered completely from last October's fourth ankle operation. However, hethen damaged his side playing for Lancashire and seems unlikely to play foranother three weeks.

"I'd love to play in the Test series against South Africa [starting 10 July]but I'm not going to build it up too much because there have been a fewdisappointments of late," said Flintoff.

"We'll see how we go." "I saw (chairman of selectors) Geoff Miller and (coach)Peter Moores last week and they're not going to rush me." That means morefrustration for Flintoff, who admitted to feeling a twinge of "jealousy" as hewatched England during their back from the dead victory over New Zealand at OldTrafford.

"I had lunch in one of the executive boxes," said the 30-year-old. "I wasn'tenjoying it to be honest. We were playing a Test on my home ground and I wasn'tinvolved.

"Probably for the first time there was a bit of jealousy because I desperatelywanted to be out there and playing.

"I went into the dressing room but you are always wary of over-staying. They'vegot a job to do and they don't want people hanging around. I had five or 10minutes in there and then popped out.

"It has been a struggle this past week so I haven't seen a great deal of theTest but I've got a lot on at home and I'm also trying to get fit." Flintoff 'swife Rachael gave birth to the couple's third child, Rocky, six weeks ago so hehas at least been able to spend more time with his young family. But there isno doubt he desperately hoped to play in both the Lord's and Old Trafford gamesagainst New Zealandand that he would have been selected despite a lack of success with the batwhich included three ducks. …

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