Flintoff to sit out World Twenty20
England have drifted in the betting for the ICC World Twenty20 following Andrew Flintoff's withdrawal from the squad.
The Three Lions can now be backed at 10/1 to lift the trophy at their second attempt having been an 8/1 shot before the announcement that all-rounder "Freddie" has not recovered sufficiently to be included in the World Cup squad.
He has been replaced by Yorkshire's Adil Rashid who accompanied England on tours to India and the West Indies but has yet to make his International debut.
It is thought that the decision has been been made to allow Flintoff to continue his recovery from last month's knee operation as save him for the vital Ashes series this summer. He will continue to train with Lancashire where he is experiencing no pain or swelling on the joint.
Every Englishman should agree with the choice that has been made - and if you don't then please leave your comments - as the contribution he will make to the Test Series against Australia this summer must surely outweigh what he might do in the short form of the game.
The bookies are clearly confident that Freddie will make the Ashes as the Series betting remains unchanged with Australia favourites at 4/6 while the hosts are 15/8. For those with no faith in the English weather and/or blind faith that the national cricket team might make a fight of it, a drawn series is a tasty 5/1.
For Flintoff to score the most runs of any Englishman you can take 14/1 where Kevin Pietersen is 5/2 favourite. Skipper Strauss follows at 10/3 and the recently impressive Ravi Bopara 5/1.
But it's the Lancastrian's bowling where England will get most of the benefit this summer against the old Aussie enemy. His consistent accuracy and fiery aggression get him wickets and he is 4/1 to be best England bowler in the series.
His fellow countyman Jimmy Anderson leads that market at 5/2 and the summer's surprise Graham Onions can be backed at 6/1. For those favouring spin, the in-form Graeme Swann is 7/2 while out-of-favour Monty Panesar is 10/1.