Flintoff confident of his team's performance in Champions Trophy
by Cricketarchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 8th October 2006
Andrew Flintoff arrived in India bristling with confidence that he can
lead England to success in the Champions Trophy.
We don't fear anything. We go out to express ourselves, said the
England skipper. We are confident and believe we can beat anyone. My
fitness is good ten and a half weeks after the operation. Everything
I've asked of it so far it has responded well, he added.
Lack of match practice was not a concern either, Flintoff said.
I've been batting at home in the nets and have got the cobwebs
out. It's not something I'm worried about. I'm not a player who
feels I have to bat day in day out.
But the burly all-rounder is not expected to risk bowling in the
opening matches. Flintoff said he had been working at about 60 percent
in the nets back home.
Flintoff was first given the captaincy on England's tour of India in
February when Michael Vaughan broke down.