Andrew Flintoff needs ankle surgery but will still play in the 5th Test. Importantly, this is a medical decision as much as the management’s, yet I can’t help fearing it increases the chances of him worsening the injury further. The article also implies he’ll play in the one-day-internationals (7 I think – pretty much back-to-back), however the inclusion of Kevin Pietersen in England’s ODI squad suggests he could provide cover.
Glenn McGrath has overcome ankle surgery – despite the odds – and has obviously bounced back to his best, confirming his initial view that the surgery could lengthen his career. England will hope Flintoff can recover as well as McGrath has, so the two can battle it out this summer. England minus Flintoff = disaster.