4 Feb 2009

Flintoff fit for first test

4:00 pm on 4 February 2009

The English allrounder Andrew Flintoff has been declared fit for the first test between England and the West Indies in Jamaica, which starts overnight New Zealand time.

The 31-year-old, who missed the final warm-up match with a side strain, has come through a final practice session with little discomfort.

The England captain Andrew Strauss says Flintoff is so important to them us because he allows them the luxury of playing a five-man bowling attack.