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Injuries put paid to Flintoff's Test career


Posted: Jul 15, 2009 at 1811 hrs IST

London: Just a year after making his international debut, Andrew Flintoff started encountering injuries that plagued his entire career. The star all-rounder today admitted he was so troubled with injuries and rehabs that he decided not to play Tests anymore, although he will continue playing ODIs and Twenty20s. Chronological history of Flintoff's injuries:

1999: Breaks foot during the fourth Test in Cape Town and returns home from tour of South Africa.

2000: Back injury cuts short involvement in tour of Pakistan.

2002: Undergoes hernia operation and only appears in first Test against Australia at Brisbane as a substitute fielder because of a groin injury.

2003: Shoulder injury rules him out of both Tests against Zimbabwe before he misses Bangladesh Tests.

2005: Has surgery on left ankle for first time.

2006: Left ankle injury rules him out of series against Sri Lanka. Has second operation on troublesome joint.

2007: Left ankle injury sees him miss first two Tests against West Indies. Has his third ankle surgery in 15 months and fourth overall. Ruled out of Test series against Sri Lanka.

2008: Side strain rules him out of Test and one-day series against New Zealand.

2009: Hip injury rules him out of fourth Test away to West Indies. Returns to the Caribbean in time for one-day series. Returns home early from stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League for surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Misses home Test and one-day series with West Indies and ruled out of Twenty20 World Cup. Injures same knee while fielding in last week's first Ashes Test against Australia in Cardiff and becomes doubtful for second Test starting on Thursday at Lord's.

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