Freddie ready for Ashes decider
Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has been given the green light by medical staff to play in the 5th Ashes Test at the Brit Oval, due to start on Thursday 20 August.
Having been rested for last week's fourth Test due to concerns about his ability to last the five days - ironically, the Headingley match didn't make it through to the end of the third day - the England management have made the following statement:
"The advice received was that the swelling in his knee has significantly eased following the decision by the England management team to rest him from the last Test match and that, subject to further rest and intensive treatment, he will be available for selection at the Brit Oval."
This is encouraging news for England, who are already missing the influential Kevin Pietersen, as they go into the final game of the series level with Australia with one Test win apiece with hopes that Flintoff, 10/1 to be Top England Batsman, will boost the under-performing batting line-up as well as strengthen the bowling.
Australia are 6/5 favourites in the betting to win the 5th Ashes Test and therefore take the series. As holders, a draw at odds of 5/4, will see them retain the urn. England are being given are 4/1 chance of turning things around and putting in a performance like the second match of the series to claim the Test win and bring the Ashes home.