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.

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England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has sustained a minor deep vein thrombosis in his right calf after undergoing knee surgery, the England and Wales Cricket Board said yesterday.

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Pietersen on course for South Africa says Flower

England team director believes Kevin Pietersen will return for the tour of South Africa but is uncertain whether Andrew Flintoff will play for the national team again.

Pyjamas are on but ODI team need wake-up call

For the next three months, England will play one-day cricket. By the time it is up, it will have become demonstrable that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Pandora: 'Pumping party' plans for Tory conference

David Cameron has nailed his colours firmly to the middle-of-the-road mast, confessing a love for crowd-pleasing guitar band The Killers. Meanwhile, the party core's affection for Tony Hadley is already well documented (so fond are they of the paunchy crooner that they invited him to perform at last year's party conference gala dinner).

Broad: a new hero takes fame in his stride

Amid the fervour, England's blue-eyed boy of the future keeps his feet on the ground

Flintoff heads for theatre as the curtain falls on Test career

All-rounder set for knee surgery after admitting falling short of greatness

Flowers optimistic over England future

England coach Andy Flower insisted he was "very proud" of his team after their Ashes triumph - but insisted there can be no letting up.

England grind their old enemy into the dust

England 332 & 373-9d Australia 160 & 348

England regain the Ashes

England regained the Ashes after beating Australia by 197 runs Sunday on the fourth day of the deciding fifth test to take the five-match series 2-1.

England close in on victory

Two run outs for England in six balls, including that of skipper Ricky Ponting, put the hosts on the verge of regaining the Ashes on Sunday as Australia slipped to 265-5 at tea on the fourth day of the deciding fifth test at The Oval.

ECB quiet over Flintoff surgery reports

The England and Wales Cricket Board have refused to comment on a report that Andrew Flintoff will undergo knee surgery upon the conclusion of the npower Ashes series.

Matthew Hayden's Ashes Summer: This is a time to be bold – so England should drop Broad for Sidebottom

From the man at the heart of Australia's most successful side ever

England are distracted says Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes Andrew Flintoff's impending retirement could prove a distraction for England in the Ashes decider.

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