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Pak series is a new challenge: Flintoff

England's Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff said that he was eagerly looking forward to playing in Pakistan.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2005 13:41 IST

England's Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff said on Thursday that he was looking forward to the series in Pakistan as he and paceman Steve Harmison joined their teammates in this eastern city.

"I am eagerly looking forward to playing cricket," Flintoff said. "It's been a bit hectic back home for one reason or another. I'm pleased to be out here now so that I can get away from everything."

Flintoff grabbed 24 wickets and hammered 402 runs in England's 2-1 victory over Australia in this summer's Ashes.

The Lancashire all-rounder then went to Australia where he represented the ICC World XI in the three one-day international Super Series, and also in the one-off Super Test.

"I want to start playing cricket again, because that's the one thing I'm comfortable doing, not TV shows or photo shoots," Flintoff said.

Both he and Harmison missed England's first three-day practice match that the visitors won by 52 runs against the Patron's XI in Rawalpindi on Wednesday. However, they are likely to get a chance in another three-day game against Pakistan 'A' that starts in Lahore from Sunday, before the first Test begins in Multan from November 12.

"Pakistan is a new challenge. I've got my eyes wide open and I am ready for a new start," Flintoff said.

"Once I get in the nets, I can do a lot in a few days," he added.

Pakistan is not an unusual venue for both key English cricketers.

First Published: Nov 04, 2005 13:41 IST