Heat chief wanted more from Freddie

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Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Andrew Flintoff is unlikely to make a return to the Big Bash League after Brisbane Heat general manager Andrew Blucher admitted his performances did not live up to expectation this winter.

The 37-year-old former England skipper was a success off the field, becoming popular with Australian fans for his light-hearted commentary, but with a Brisbane shirt on he managed only 74 runs and claimed three wickets as the Heat finished last.

“Andrew Flintoff was outstanding for us off the field from a media point of view – for fans, supporters and sponsors he was absolutely outstanding,” Blucher told Cricket Australia’s website.

“I think in terms of his on-field performance, by his own admission, he would say he was less than where he would like to be.

“We needed more from him on the field if I’m brutally honest.

“We loved him, the fans loved him but ultimately we do need more out of an overseas – one of those two highly-valuable overseas recruits.”

Flintoff hinted at the end of the tournament that he would consider heading back into retirement and did not register for last week’s Indian Premier League auction.

The all-rounder was recruited by Heat coach Stuart Law, his former Lancashire team-mate, after he returned from a five-year retirement during last summer’s NatWest T20 Blast.

Flintoff helped Lancashire reach the Blast final and fell just short of pulling off a fairytale win in the decider against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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