Test exit decision 'could create a circus'

LONDON - Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff announcing his Test exit during the Ashes could create an unwanted "circus" for the home side in the rest of the series.

LONDON - Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff announcing his Test exit during the Ashes could create an unwanted "circus" for the home side in the rest of the series.

Flintoff, whose career has been blighted by injury, chose the eve of the second Test at Lord's to announce he would quit the five-day game at the end of the Ashes, which conclude next month at London's Oval.

Ponting, speaking at Lord's, said: "We were all a little surprised .The fans here are very passionate about seeing Flintoff play so if they know it's the last chance to see him play here and last chance to play at Edgbaston and Headingley then there could be a circus around the ground." - Sapa-AFP

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