Vol. 5 Num 1046 Sat. May 12, 2007  

Cork calls for Flintoff captaincy

Andrew Flintoff should be named as England captain if Michael Vaughan is ruled out through injury, says Lancashire teammate Dominic Cork.

Flintoff was stripped of the vice captaincy during the World Cup after a drunken episode involving a pedalo.

But Cork said that decision was taken by Duncan Fletcher and new coach Peter Moores should forgive and forget.

"People ask if it's too much to be an all-rounder? But he's passionate, he wants to captain England," Cork said.

With Vaughan a major doubt for next week's first Test at Lord's because of a broken finger, the issue of who will captain the side remains unresolved, although Andrew Strauss is believed to be favourite to stand in.

But Cork reckons Flintoff has all the necessary skills to make a positive impact in new coach Moores' first match in charge.

"He's a very passionate man and a very proud man, and if they wanted to look for another option as England captain, pick him," Cork told BBC Five Live.

"It is a new regime with Peter Moores and there is a line under everything.

"Let's start again. Let's remember the last time England won a one-day competition was in Australia with Andrew Flintoff in charge.

"Let's draw a line under everybody, let's start again and build for a solid future."

Flintoff captained England during Vaughan's injury absences in India, at the beginning of 2006 in a drawn Test series as well as the 5-0 trouncing in the Ashes series.

Strauss deputised last summer when both Vaughan and Flintoff were out and led England to a 3-0 Test win against Pakistan.