England to play waiting game over Flintoff
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England are prepared to bide their time over Andrew Flintoff and will wait until he is 100 per cent fit.
The 30-year-old is currently out of action with a side strain, picked up while playing for Lancashire on his comeback from a fourth ankle operation.
The all-rounder has been left out of the one-day side for the upcoming series against New Zealand, even though he will be available for the last two of the five matches to be played - provided his recovery goes to plan.
However, he will not be rushed back into the side, Test or one-day, until he is fully fit and there has been no time-frame placed on when that might be.
National selector Geoff Miller told Sky Sports News: "There are no targets at all, we're just giving Freddie (Flintoff) the time to get himself right.
"We appreciate that he is down and disappointed after getting himself into a really good place with the way his way bowling - not so much the way he was batting, although we knew that was also just round the corner.
"We will give him as much time as possible to get his side right, there are no goals being set.
"An England side with Freddie in it - in all forms of cricket - is a better squad.
"We are in constant contact with his medical people, both at Lancashire and the ECB and want him right so he can run in and bowl like we know he can, not at half or three-quarter measure.
"Fred bowling at his best and batting at his best is a fearsome opponent and we want him in our squad."