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There was, for the first time in his Test career and perhaps his life, a moment’s hesitation in Ben Stokes. He had come off the field after taking 6 for 99 in his fourth Test match and was asked if he relished the fray.

Andrew Flintoff: 'I still think I'll get back to the top'

'Freddie' will not be fit until July, but he tells Chris Brereton he hasn't given up on his goal to be the world's best one-day player

Robin Scott-Elliot: Princess Anne goes missing ahead of duelling pundits

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You don't often hear it straight from the horse's mouth. Normally Clare Balding is in the way, getting it straight from a jockey's mouth even if there's barely a tooth on show. But she's busy with our other four-footed friends on More 4's Crufts coverage. On Race Horses (BBC4, Thursday) and Barbados at the Races (BBC4, Tuesday), both produced by Cutting Edge, it was a case of four legs better than two.

Alison Shepherd: My Preston, the Paris of the North

Our writer is thrilled by her home town's racy new image

Moores looks forward to Flintoff return

Lancashire coach Peter Moores has "no doubt at all" that Andrew Flintoff will play again.

Leading article: Back row driver

In these jaded times, the news that a sportsman has been arrested for silly behaviour while in his cups tends to provoke a weary yawn. If our interest is to be piqued, what is required is some unusual and memorable detail.

Flintoff appeals for Old Trafford development

Andrew Flintoff has appealed for cricket fans to petition Trafford Council to support Lancashire's redevelopment plans for Old Trafford.

Flintoff aims to play in all forms of game for Lancashire this summer

Andrew Flintoff said last night that he intends to play all games for Lancashire next season after further routine knee surgery earlier this week. The procedure went better than Flintoff expected and although his original intention was to play only one-day cricket for the county he said his goals had now moved. He will, however, miss the Indian Premier League in April.

Youngsters free to speak their minds in captain's new model army

Over the next five days England will endeavour to win a gripping Test series which will define Andrew Strauss's brave new era. If the tourists can prevail against South Africa in the fourth Test at The Wanderers starting today it will lay the ghosts of teams and times past.

Kallis' dodgy ribs means hosts are undercooked

The fate of a series could depend on events in Potchefstroom today. By this evening, maybe earlier but not much later, South Africa will know whether their star all-rounder Jacques Kallis will be fit for the First Test.

Bresnan wants to fill Flintoff role

Tim Bresnan cuts an increasingly confident figure in England's one-day international team - but he hopes to prove plenty more about his ability to himself and others.

Bresnan slots in as fears over the key man subside

So far, so routine for England. No tour would be complete, indeed no tour could begin, without an injury scare to a major player. It duly arrived in the nick of time yesterday. Stuart Broad, a key member of the party in all forms of the game, had his right arm put into a sling and was packed off to hospital for a scan.

Lancashire seal Flintoff deal

Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes is confident Andrew Flintoff will be fit to fulfil his new contract.

England hopes rest on Broad shoulders

Stuart Broad's progress is likely to be one of the key factors in the coming months as England seek to ensure history does not repeat itself with another Ashes-winning hangover.

Locals aim to make it too hot for Trott

England's 'South African' contingent can expect a hostile reception and a tough winter
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