Manchester:England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff returned to training with Lancashire here on Monday as his long awaited cricket comeback moved a step closer to reality.
Flintoff has had two knee operations since helping England to victory in the final Test of last year's Ashes series win over Australia and has yet to make it back onto the field.
The 32-year-old has now retired from Test cricket but intends to return and fight for his England place in the limited-overs formats.
Flintoff, who has been training in Dubai, was back 'home' at Old Trafford yesterday to open The Point, Lancashire's new 12 million pounds conference centre, during the mid-innings break of England's series-clinching one-wicket win over Australia in the third One-Day International.
"The next few weeks are about getting into some short of shape to play," Flintoff told Monday's Manchester Evening News.
Flintoff, who hasn't given up on being in England's World Cup squad in Asia in February, added: "I've not played for nine or ten months now. I've just got to get fit, get back on the field for Lancashire and take it from there."