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Flintoff rules out changing action

The England all-rounder says he is banking on a new pair of specially designed shoes to prevent ankle injuries in future.

cricket Updated: Aug 11, 2007 16:30 IST

Ruling out any alteration in his action as advised by bowling coach Allan Donald, England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said he was banking on a new pair of specially designed shoes to prevent the ankle injuries that have plagued him throughout his career.

"I'm happy with the way I bowl. Probably three years ago, my foot was a lot more closed than it is now and I've got to a point which I'm happy with," Flintoff was quoted as saying by The Times.

Flintoff, who is set to make his international comeback in the one-day series against India after more than five months on the sidelines, said instead of making any changes to his action, he would strengthen his troubled ankle.

"I'm 29 and it would be hard to try and change something now. I'm trying to have a stronger ankle, a strong left leg which can stand up to the rigours of bowling and have some boots which, if they can help another three or four per cent, I'd be pleased with that," he said.
Donald had advised Flintoff to reduce the burden on his landing foot to prevent the ankle injuries.
The former South Arican pacer had told Flintoff to avoid "counter-thrusting, where bone and muscle are working against each other" while bowling.
Flintoff, however, felt a pair of new shoes, specifically designed for minimising the burden on his ankle would do the trick.
"It's one thing we've investigated, footwear which is going to allow my feet to move in the way they do. We had them scanned and the bowling action I've got is pretty unique, so I wanted some boots to work with that rather than fighting it," the Lancashire cricketer added.