Andrew Flintoff: Andrew Strauss backs Lancashire T20 return

Andrew Flintoff (centre)
Andrew Flintoff (centre) could make a success of his Twenty20 comeback, says Andrew Strauss

Andrew Flintoff is capable of making a success of his potential Twenty20 comeback for Lancashire, says former England captain Andrew Strauss.

The club are in talks with the former England all-rounder, 36, over a return in this season's Twenty20 Blast.

"It seems far-fetched but it's amazing he's in the right physical shape to do it," Strauss told BBC Radio 5 live.

"He's the ideal player for T20 cricket if he still has the form that he had of a few years ago."

Flintoff played 79 Tests, 141 limited-overs internationals and seven Twenty20s for England between 1998 and 2009 before he was forced to retire because of persistent knee problems.

He was scheduled to play for Lancashire Second XI in a match against Cheshire at Sale on Thursday but pulled out to allow an ankle injury more time to heal.

He will not play in Lancashire's first two Twenty20 Blast matches on Friday or Saturday, but talks over a possible role as a player, coach and mentor are at an advanced stage.

Strauss, who played alongside Flintoff in the 2005 and 2009 Ashes victories, added: "For Lancashire, the thought of him coming back is going to create so much interest in the competition.

"I still want to see him out there on the pitch before I can really believe it. But he has obviously been hitting the ball in and bowling well in the nets."

Since retiring in September 2010, Flintoff has forged a successful media career and also had a brief stint as a professional boxer, winning his only fight against American Richard Dawson in 2012.

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