Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

England quash Flintoff scare

England have dismissed concerns over Andrew Flintoff's health ahead of Tuesday's crucial World Cup clash against South Africa in Barbados.

Flintoff has had a chest infection for the last 10 days but tests for glandular fever proved negative and the 29-year-old trained on Sunday.

"Freddie is fine and has taken a full part in practice," England media spokesman Andrew Walpole told the BBC.

"He had an upper respiratory infection for several days in Antigua."

Walpole confirmed that the blood tests for glandular fever were taken purely as a precautionary measure.

Flintoff has had problems on and off the field during the competition.

He had made only 72 runs in five innings and twisted his ankle during England's Super 8 clash against Ireland.

After a much-fabled late night drinking session during the group phase of the tournament he was fined and stripped of the vice-captaincy.

Meanwhile, it also emerged that batsman Andrew Strauss had bruised his left leg playing volleyball, but was also able to take part in training.

England take on the Proteas at the Kensington Oval with both teams still in contention for a semifinal berth.