On this day in 2009: Andrew Flintoff calls time on Test career

England all-rounder announced his impending retirement during the Ashes series.

By Press Association Published: 15 July 2022 - 5.00am

Andrew Flintoff announced his plans to retire from Test cricket on this day in 2009.

The England all-rounder, 31, was forced to accept defeat in his long-running battle against injuries, telling the PA news agency: “My body has told me it’s time to stop.”

Flintoff's Test career ended with Ashes victory over Australia.
Flintoff’s Test career ended with Ashes victory over Australia. (Gareth Copley/PA)

The decision came during the 2009 Ashes series, with Flintoff setting his retirement date for the end of the summer.

The Lancashire star, man-of-the-series during England’s stunning 2005 Ashes success, made his announcement after struggling to overcome a succession of injuries during the previous four years.

In the first Ashes Test of 2009 in Cardiff, Flintoff suffered a recurrence of a right knee injury, which followed an operation earlier that year to cure a degenerative problem in the joint which flared up during his stint playing in the Indian Premier League.

“I took that as my body telling me that I can't cope with the rigours of Test cricket.”
- Andrew Flintoff

That latest injury setback persuaded Flintoff that the time was right to end his Test career and concentrate on playing international cricket at one-day and Twenty20 level.

“My body has told me it’s time to stop,” he told PA.

“I’ve been through four ankle operations, I had knee surgery just a couple of months ago and had three jabs in my knee on Monday just to get me right for this Test so I took that as my body telling me that I can’t cope with the rigours of Test cricket.”

With England regaining the Ashes with a 2-1 series win, Flintoff closed the chapter on that stage of his career having featured in 78 Test matches for his country, scoring a total of 3795 runs and taking 219 wickets.

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