Flintoff ready to lead England in future

The stand-in captain says he's sure that he will be able to handle the burden with ease.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2006 17:59 IST

England's stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff expressed confidence that he would be able to handle the responsibility as a full-time skipper with ease.

The 28-year-old all-rounder, who led England during their tour of India in the absence of Michael Vaughan and senior batsman Marcus Trescothick, said that after his six-week stint as captain he would not mind getting the job on a permanent basis one day.

"Being captain has not put me off in any way, shape or form or made me think it's too much. Has it heck, no," he was quoted as saying by the Sun on Saturday.

"It has been good fun. When I got the job, I said it would be nice under different circumstances. But it came around and I've done it for the Test series and most of the one-dayers," he added.

Claiming that he enjoyed the added responsibility, Flintoff said he would be willing to do it in future also.

"I've enjoyed the extra responsibility and I don't think it's been a burden. I've done all right with my own game. If it came along a bit further down the line, it's something I'd be willing to do."

However, he underscored that right now he was not considering that option and waiting for Vaughan's return to the side.

"It's not an option at the moment because we're all waiting for Vaughany to come back and take over."

"I must stress that - this is Vaughany's team as soon as he returns. I've done it for a short period and, although people are saying various things, I'm not the long-term captain," he said.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 10:45 IST