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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.

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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.

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