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Flintoff continues comeback in Australia

Flintoff will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash. Credit: PA

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is continuing his cricket comeback by signing on to play for Brisbane Heat in the upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Flintoff, 36, came out of retirement to make a return to action this summer with a handful of appearances in the shortest format for Lancashire, coming close to helping them snatch victory over Birmingham Bears in the T20 finals.

He will now continue his playing return in Australia, heading out in December to link up with former Lancashire team-mate Stuart Law who is the Brisbane coach, as well as fellow international signings Daniel Vettori of New Zealand and West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree.

"I really enjoyed my T20 season with Lancs and having the opportunity to keep playing is something I am very pleased about. It's going to be great heading out to Brisbane and getting into the swing of things for the BBL in December,'' Flintoff said.

Andrew Flintoff to play for Brisbane Heat

Flintoff took the wicket of Ian Bell with his first ball in the T20 Blast Final in August. Credit: PA

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will continue his cricket revival after agreeing to play for Brisbane Heat in Australia's Big Bash T20 competition.

The 36 year-old made a surprise comeback for Lancashire in the summer, and featured in the T20 Blast Final. There was almost a dream ending as he starred with two big sixes and a wicket with his first delivery, but Warwickshire eventually edged the contest.

According the Daily Telegraph, Flintoff has been in discussions with Brisbane Heat, coached by former Lancashire team-mate, Stuart Law, and will join Kevin Pietersen in the Big Bash, which begins in December.

Pietersen, who released his controversial autobiography last week, will play for Melbourne Stars.

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Flintoff to make decision on boxing future after Christmas

Freddie Flintoff has admitted his debut bout "wasn't one for the purists."

He said he was momentarily confused when, after being knocked to the floor, the referee asked him his name.

And after nearly five months of training, the former England cricket captain said he was looking forward to "such a good Christmas," but said he wouldn't make a decision on a future in boxing until 2013.

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Old pals and cricket fans praise Flintoff's boxing win

Andrew Flintoff's former England captain Michael Vaughan - who is trying his own hand at a different physical test on the Strictly dance floor - has led Twitter praise of his old teammate.

Former England batsman Adam Hollioake, who entered the worlds of professional boxing and mixed martial arts after his cricket career ended, singled out Flintoff's strength in fighting back to claim victory.

While celebrity Flintoff fans also weighed in with their own compliments:

Flintoff: First boxing fight was 'out of body experience'

Andrew Flintoff has described his first boxing fight as an "out of body experience" after beginning his professional career with a win.

Sporting several bruises from his encounter with Richard Dawson, he told reporters:

I think I got the full experience. I got the canvas. I got a black eye. And I got the win. ... It was a bit wragged and arms going - I just wanted to leave it all in that ring.

Flintoff hails 'best' personal sporting victory

Andrew Flintoff told Box Nation his boxing victory was the "best" personal achievement of his sporting career. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
The cricket hero won despite being knocked down by Richard Dawson in the second round. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
But he recovered to land blows of his own in the second half of the fight. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
His performance in the four two-minute rounds saw his crowned a narrow victor by 39 points to 38. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
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