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Flintoff returns to cricket

Former England star going back to his roots after signing for local Preston side

Flintoff: Back in cricket

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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is making a cricketing return to action back in his home town after signing for Preston club side Penwortham CC.

Preston-born Flintoff has signed for the team based just two miles south of his home town, with the move now just subject to the paperwork being approved.

The team, who play in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield Competition, will have two Flintoffs in their ranks now as Flintoff's brother Chris already plays for them.

Flintoff retired from professional cricket back in September and has recently undergone more surgery, but Penwortham chairman Paul Walmsley will eagerly await his arrival once he is up and about again.

"All I can really tell you is that Andrew Flintoff has signed for Penwortham Cricket Club," said Walmsley. "His forms will be sent to the Palace Shield league officials for their subsequent approval.

"We look forward to seeing "Freddie" once he has recovered from recent surgery. He has expressed a keen interest to play alongside Chris and he will, of course, be made more than welcome.

"Obviously the prospect of having such a well-known former international cricketer playing for Penwortham is tremendous for our club and the competition in general."

The ever-popular Lancastrian played 79 Tests and 141 ODIs for England, and also turned out 183 times for his county during his illustrious career.