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Flintoff retires from cricket

Ashes winner Andrew Flintoff has retired from all forms of cricket after being told his "body would no longer stand up to the rigours of cricket".

The talismanic all-rounder announced his retirement from Test cricket at Lord's last year.

At that time the likeable Lancastrian planned to return from another bout of surgery to play one-day cricket, first for Lancashire and then, he hoped, England.

He bowed out from the Test arena with a typically gritty and brilliant display - taking five Australia wickets to steer England to a victory.

That five-for also earned 'Freddie' another place on the Lord's Honours Boards, this time on the bowlers' side, to go along with the batsmen's landmark he achieved with 142 against South Africa in 2003.

Even as he charged in seeking that fifth wicket Flintoff was in obvious pain, sustained through numerous knee injuries by the England medical team.

Earlier this year a planned comeback for his county was postponed and by mid-September Flintoff was told by doctors he would never sufficiently recover to play cricket at the top level.

Along with that Ashes victory, Flintoff has had a hand in many of the recent chapters in Lord's history.

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