Lunch Report: Lancashire 221-9 (85 overs) v Somerset 238
Lunch on the third day (Somerset won toss)
Friday 25 April 2008
Dismal scenes here, I'm afraid, with drizzle around throughout the morning to prevent any play in the first session, which has been bad news for anyone turning up in the hope of seeing Andrew Flintoff in action again after his 90-second appearance yesterday afternoon.
The consensus among Freddie's Lancashire teammates is that, even were he to have eight consecutive ducks between now and the first Test at Lord's on 15 May, he should be selected for his bowling in any event.
"Find me a better bowler in England at the moment," the Lancashire wicketkeeper, Luke Sutton, said -- and if anyone knows how near his best Freddie is, then it is the man with the gauntlets when Flintoff is thumping the ball down at 90 miles per hour.
"I don't think anyone need worry about Freddie with the ball and I don't think they particular have to worry about him with the bat -- he just needs a bit of luck."
If that is a partial opinion, the Justin Langer's is not. The Somerset captain's view, based on this match, is that England should not hesitate to bring him back at the earliest opportunity. "What I've seen here confirms to me that Freddie is up there with the best bowlers I've faced in my career," the 37-year-old Australian said -- and that from a man with 105 Test caps.
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...
World Cup 2014: Neymar's agent launches scathing attack on Brazil's Luis Felipe Scolari, labelling him 'an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous'
Loic Remy to Arsenal? Gunners close in on move for QPR and France striker - reports
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassingly brilliant leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations