Former England opening batsman Marcus Trescothick insists Andrew Flintoff is "ready to go" after the Somerset left-hander was given a stern test against his old team-mate at Old Trafford.
Trescothick struck an assured 77 out of his team's 238 all out on the first day of the LV County Championship Division One match with Lancashire before watching the hosts reach 60-0 in reply.
Flintoff bowled 16 overs as he continued his recovery after a fourth bout of surgery on his left ankle, and Trescothick believes the 30-year-old is as ready for Test Match cricket as he will ever be after claiming 2-40 against Somerset.
Trescothick said: "He's ready to go. That's as good as he'll bowl - I don't think he'll get into a Test match against New Zealand in a couple of weeks' time and bowl any differently.
"Bowling-wise, he's ready."
In the first of two eight-over spells Flintoff gave Trescothick plenty to think about - although it was in his second stint shortly before tea that he returned to take his two wickets.
"It was tough. He bowled really well today - very consistent pace," added Trescothick.
"It was normal 'Freddie' - you never would have know he would have had much of a lay-off."
Trescothick also expressed his delight at his own personal form as he impressively negotiated a bowling attack that comprised of Flintoff and fellow England bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Glen Chapple and Sajid Mahmood.
"You probably won't see a better (championship) attack all season than those
four, and it was a real challenge," Trescothick said.
"They were Test match conditions out there for a quite a long time.
"If you can get runs against these guys, you can pick up runs against most people."