DateLine: 7th November 2009
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has promised he would not compromise his England and Lancashire commitments by over-stretching himself.
The 31-year-old is currently recovering from a knee surgery following his retirement from Test cricket and he said that once he returns he will do so with ambitions to be the world's best limited-overs cricketer.
He might also take control of his own playing schedule, which would mean he will be able to pick and choose his own assignments and the indications are that he will attract lucrative offers from almost every major cricketing country.
But, having signed a three-year deal to continue as a one-day player for Lancashire, Flintoff insists he will not compromise his fitness for club or country by taking on too much.
"We've looked at my injuries over the last few years and that's why I gave up the longer form of the game," Flintoff told Sky Sports.
"I was struggling to get through 20-25 overs day in, day out or week in, week out and it was taking its toll on my body. I'm not going to give up Test cricket and then kill myself playing any other cricket I can find.
"I want to play tournaments and games which excite me. The IPL is obviously one of them, and I'm contracted to Chennai for another year, and there's Lancashire and England too, if selected.
"Personally, I'd also like to try and play in Australia. I wanted to go at 16 but my Mum wouldn't let me. I worked at Woolworths instead, but as I said, I won't be killing myself by playing anything and everything."
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