30 Apr 2009

Flintoff to make Twenty20 and Ashes after knee surgery

7:24 am on 30 April 2009

The England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff should be fit for the start of the World Twenty20 competition in June and the subsequent Ashes series against Australia following surgery on his right knee that forced him out of the Indian Premier League.

The England and Wales Cricket Board says the 31-year-old had a cartilage tear repaired after playing just two games for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, which is being held in South Africa because of security concerns in India.

Chennai had agreed to pay the injury-prone Flintoff a record-equalling salary of more than $2 million in the IPL draft, but he pulled out last week after complaining of discomfort.

The World Twenty20 will be played in England from June 2-21 with the first Ashes Test in Cardiff starting July 8.