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Flintoff to attend England practice

Andrew Flintoff. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff is set to meet up with the national team during practice at The Gabba on Sunday.

The 37-year-old all-rounder retired after the triumphant 2009 Ashes but made a Twenty20 comeback last summer and is in Australia having earned a Big Bash contract with Brisbane Heat.

England are in town ahead of their Tri-Series clash with India on Tuesday and an ECB spokesman confirmed that Flintoff would be linking up with the squad at nets.

The move is understood to have been instigated by head coach Peter Moores, who was keen to have Flintoff around the side during their time Down Under.

Flintoff was a key figure for the national side during Moores' ill-fated first stint in charge between April 2007 and January 2009, and the pair also share a Lancashire connection, as former coach and former star player, respectively.

It is not known whether or not fan favourite Flintoff will take an active part in nets, though he is match fit having turned out seven times in the past month for his BBL franchise.

Regardless of active participation, Flintoff is expected to address the squad during a training session that is due to take place at 2pm local time (4am GMT).

Flintoff eating disorder:"I would make myself sick"

Andrew Flintoff reveals eating disorder in ITV show Credit: ITV

Andrew Flintoff's revealed he spent many of his days as an England cricketer battling bulimia.

The former all-rounder from Preston, who also struggled with depression, has revealed for the first time - that he was troubled too by the eating disorder.

If he thought he had over-indulged, he would hide away from team-mates in the toilets during the lunch break and make himself sick - before going back out to bowl or bat for his country. He was talking onon 'Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Andrew Flintoff', to be broadcast on ITV on Friday.

"I thought I couldn't really tell anyone because of the world I was in - professional sport, you don't want to give anything away."

"You almost want to come across as being bullet-proof, and that was part of my make-up."

– Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff


Flintoff: Focus should be on the play and not what people say

The second ashes test match gets underway tonight and former Lancashire and England all rounder Andrew Flintoff hopes all the focus will be on the play and not what people say.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined after the first test when a television microphone picked up him warning Burnley's Jimmy Anderson to 'get ready for a broken arm'.

Flintoff was no stranger to a bit of verbal sparring with the Aussies in his playing career and he thinks it's all harmless banter.


Granada Reports speaks to Andrew Flintoff ahead of his heavyweight debut in Manchester

Our Sports Correspondent Mike Hall with Andrew Flintoff Credit: ITV Granada

Andrew Flintoff will don his boxing gloves for his debut fight night at the Manchester Arena next month, two years after retiring from cricket.

The 34-year-old is fighting in a heavyweight bout at Manchester Arena on November 30th.

He's being trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan.

Flintoff plans his boxing debut fight in Manchester

Andrew Flintoff Credit: PA

Andrew Flintoff has announced he's becoming a professional boxer and he'll make his debut in Manchester, two years after retiring from cricket.

The 34-year-old is planning to fight in a heavyweight bout at the MEN Arena on November 30th, although he must first be granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control.

He's being trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan.