DateLine: 7th October 2006
Andrew Flintoff insists his lengthy injury lay-off has given him the perfect motivation to lead England to Champions Trophy and Ashes glory.
England captain Flintoff and his one-day squad flew out to India on Friday ahead of their first match in the bi-annual one-day tournament against the hosts in Jaipur on October 15.
Flintoff said: I've had time away from the game this season and one of the things that is motivating me is I've done all the gym work and now I'm hungry to play cricket. I want to get back on the pitch and play. When you are not playing you actually realize what it means to you and how much you do miss it. Sometimes when you are playing all the time you take it a bit for granted. A forced break has made me realize what it means to me and how much I want to get back out there and play, he said.