Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Freddie Wants Perfect Send-Off

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Freddie Wants Perfect Send-Off

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Byline: Andrew Hodgson

ANDREW FLINTOFF has made being a World Cup winner his No1 target after retiring from Test cricket.

Flintoff went into hospital last night for a second operation on his right knee in the space of five months and expects to have to put himself through another long spell of rehab before he can even think about wearing England colours again.

But the possibility of adding a major one-day triumph to two Ashes series victories should inspire him.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dreading all the rehab again," admitted the 31-year-old, who has also had to fight back from four ankle operations. "But it is just something I need to do to get back onto a cricket field. There's a World Cup in 2011 and then another after that and I want to play in them both.

"I'm after the perfect end -- I finished my Test career with an Ashes victory and I want to finish my oneday career with a World Cup win." "I want to be the best one-day and Twenty20 cricketer in the world and that is something I'm looking forward to trying to achieve," he said. …

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