19 Sep 2009

Vaughan warns about ramifications of Flintoff decision

6:58 am on 19 September 2009

Andrew Flintoff's former England captain Michael Vaughan warns his decision to reject an England and Wales Cricket Board contract could have dangerous consequences for the side.

Flintoff, who made an injury-induced retirement from Test cricket after the end of England's Ashes triumph last month, has turned down a contract with the ECB.

That would have given England a say over when and where he played but for a fraction of the money Flintoff received from his previous central contract, a deal only available to Test players.

The allrounder, who already has a lucrative Indian Premier League is now available for hire with Australian state sides Queensland and South Australia, as well as the Titans in South Africa, reportedly interested in signing the 31-year-old.

But Flintoff, currently recovering from knee surgery, insists he remains committed to England's one-day cause, which he hopes to bolster by being fit in time for February's tour of Bangladesh.

Vaughan, England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain, says from next year England will want their best players available for the last 15 games leading into a World Cup to create a strong team environment but if Flintoff is going to pick and chose when he plays that could cause problems.