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Flintoff out of fourth Ashes Test

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in England at Headingley on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.

cricket Updated: Aug 07, 2009 14:38 IST

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia in England at Headingley on Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.

Flintoff has been troubled throughout this series by a right knee injury. Following a nets session here on Thursday, it has now been decided the fast bowler is not fit enough to withstand the demands of a five-day match.

A brief statement on the EBC website said: "England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will play no part in the penultimate Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley due to a knee injury."

His absence is a big blow for England. It was Flintoff who led England to victory with the ball in their 115-run second Test win at Lord's and top-scored for the hosts in the drawn third Test at Edgbaston.

The 31-year-old's career has been blighted by injuries and earlier this season Flintoff announced he would retire from Test cricket at the end of this Ashes series.