Flintoff out of World Twenty20

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The Independent Online

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff faces a race to prove his fitness for this summer's Ashes series after he was today ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 .

The 31-year-old was officially replaced in England's squad by Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who is yet to play a senior international game, due to Flintoff's failure to regain his fitness following a knee operation.

Flintoff had surgery following a slight tear to the meniscus in his right knee a month ago, which he sustained playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, and was initially optimistic he could still feature in the tournament.

But despite making what an ECB statement describes as "an excellent recovery", Flintoff is not fit enough to play and will now continue his rehabilitation with Lancashire physio Dave Roberts as he attempts to return for the opening Ashes Test in Cardiff on July 8.