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England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has insisted that international cricket will always come first for him, despite the lure of lucrative contracts to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for other franchises around the world.

The 32-year-old is no longer a centrally-contracted player following his decision to turn down an incremental deal from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But, after bringing the curtain down on his Test career by helping England regain the Ashes against Australia in the summer, he has set his sights on the limited overs international scene.

Flintoff, who is expected to recover from his knee injury in time for next spring's IPL, told the forthcoming edition of the Wisden Cricketer: “I would never turn down England... I have shown more than enough passion over the years, and that's not something you lose because I don't have a contract.

'I genuinely think I can now play my best ever cricket' – Andrew Flintoff

"If I didn't think I was going to play for England again, I would not have had this latest operation – no way. It is all about playing for England. My intentions are to play every one-day and Twenty20 game for England. It is never going to be a case of picking and choosing."

In addition to his deal with Lancashire, Flintoff already has a lucrative contract with IPL side the Chennai Super Kings. He is also keen on playing in the Twenty20 competition in Australia and could look to sign a deal to play in the West Indies.

But the Lancastrian has stressed that his priority is to show that his injuries are firmly behind him by lighting up the limited overs arena in England colours.

He added: "I'm not sure I have even played my best yet, especially in one-day cricket - so now I am having this break I think I have got the chance to get better as a player. I am not going to just get by. I genuinely think I can now play my best ever cricket."


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