Andrew Flintoff says he is nearing a return to competitive action after a lengthy injury lay-off following last year's Ashes.
The Lancashire all-rounder has undergone two knee operations since being a member of the England team that secured a 2-1 series victory over Australia.
Flintoff retired from Test cricket once victory was secured at the Oval, but has not played in any form of the game for almost a year.
However, the 32-year-old now says that he is rediscovering his touch and believes that he will make a return to the county set-up in the coming weeks.
"It's going well, there's light at the end of the tunnel," Flintoff told Sky Sports News.
"It's been a long road with the rehab since then but I'm hoping to play again in the next few weeks. I'm back in the nets at Lancashire and from nowhere I've found the ability to bat again which is encouraging, I'm hitting the ball.
"I'm going to have to play in second team first and force my way back into the first team but with the way I'm batting, I'm hoping to do that with the bat initially and then pick up the bowling from there."
Flintoff says he has gone back to a more natural playing style since his injury and is eager to put his batting game to the test in competition.
He added: "It's only in the nets but with the break, I've come back playing and rather than worrying about where my feet go, my hands and my head and getting too technical, I've basically gone back to how I used to play when I was younger, just see the ball and hit it as hard as I can, and if I can't do that then I'll defend it.
"That's the way I tend to play, especially in the short form of the game, but I just can't wait to get cracking. It's been so long, and I'm now starting to get excited and chomping at the bit to start."