LITESPORT 42 Wednesday, 15 July 2009 London Lite FLINTOFF ATInjury-plagued star concedes he cant hack five-day cricket KEVIN PIETERSEN will not be ordered to rein in his cavalier batting style by England coach Andy Flower. Englands stellar batsman gifted his wicket to Australia in both innings of the first Test in Cardiff, drawing stinging criticism from former Test opener Geoff Boycott. Boycott has accused the one-time captain of the national team of behaving like a spoilt child and feels more stupid mistakes are ahead if he is not taken to task by Flower and skipper Andrew Strauss. Pietersen, who actually top scored in Englands first knock with a watchful 69, insists he will not get disillusioned following some negative feedback -- sentiments echoed by the ultra pragmatic England coach. The bottom line is you have to make good decisions as batters and, at the end of your career, at the end of your season, at the end of your series, the sum of your results will be from the decisions you make, observed the England coach, who hopes all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will be fit for the second Test at Lords, which starts tomorrow. I dont think you can just isolate him, even though I know he is the most high profile. Like any other batsman, he will review the decisions he has made and will regret that. He got out. He is playing for Inbrief Cipriani offered a fresh hope MARTIN JOHNSON insists the door is not closed on Danny Ciprianis international career despite omitting him once again from the senior England squad. Cipriani, 21, started last season as Johnsons first-choice fly-half but finished it on the Saxons bench. Johnson said: Danny is just one of a number of players who are battling to get back into a competitive squad. He just has to work on his weak areas. Nadal on course for Montreal RAFAEL NADAL has confirmed he is on course to return to action at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Montreal next month. The world number two has not played since losing in the fourth round of the French Open in May because of knee problems. Nadal said: I am happy with the way my tests went and of the positive evolution of the injury. The event in Montreal is important and I expect to be there fit to play. PCB stand by captain Khan CHAIRMAN Ijaz Butt claims the Pakistan Cricket Board has no intention of sacking captain Younus Khan following the Test series hammering by Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost the second Test in Colombo by seven wickets in just three days, handing Sri Lanka an unassailable 2-0 lead. First of all it is not a joke to change captains again and again, Butt said. Furthermore, Younus is doing quite well. Money matters to Mayweather FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR has ruled out a showdown with Manny Pacquiao unless the pound-for- pound king agrees to smaller percentage of the purse. Pacquiaos promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank believes the potential fight purse should be split 50-50 but Mayweather said he deserved a bigger share. He wants a 50-50 split, Mayweather said of his former promoter Arum. Thats never going to happen. No King George for Derby hero JOHN OXX has made the widely expected decision to miss Saturday weeks King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Sea The Stars. The 2000 Guineas, Derby and Eclipse winner is likely to have three more runs this season and it is probable he will appear next in the Juddmonte International at York on 18 August. The trainers wife Caitriona said: The first decision made is that hes not going for the King George. ANDREW FLINTOFF confirmed today that he will call time on his Test career following the conclusion of this sum- mers Ashes series. The31-year-oldwill,however,continue to make himself available for one-day internationals and Twenty20 cricket where he has a lucrative contract with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Flintoff said:Mybodyhastoldmeits time to stop. Since 2005 Ive had two years when Ive done nothing but rehab from one injury or another. Its been something Ive been think- ingaboutforawhileandIthinkthislast problem Ive had with my knee has confirmed to me that the time is now right. The announcement follows the talis- manic all-rounders latest setback -- a recurrence of the injury to his right knee which forced him to miss last months World Twenty20 campaign -- andheremainsamajordoubttomorrow second Test at Lords. Flintoff underwent a scan yesterday and trained with the rest of the squad this morning, but England will delay naming their side until the morning of the match -- although they remain cau- tiously optimistic about him being available for selection. Fintoff said himself: Ive bowled a few overs and well make the final deci- sion in the morning, just to check eve- rything is fine, and have another bowl beforetheyannouncethefinalteam,but Im very hopeful at this stage. Former England captain Michael Atherton, who saw Flintoff come through the ranks at Lancashire, was somewhat surprised by the timing of his decision, however. He said: Its curious timing because obviously if Flintoff doesnt play in the second Ashes Test and England did well and won, what do they do? Do they go back to Flintoff with the end of the series approaching when hes not going to be playing beyond that? It also must be said that hes not yet certain hell get a grand finale or farewell. Andrew Flintoffs done it that way, he clearly wants a big send-off at each ground. Its not entirely certain hell get that, depending on if he plays here and how England go. Flowerwontpickontroubled Nut fair: KP is being singled out, says coach BY DAVID DIBBLE BY JAMES GOLDMAN 1999 Returns early from South Africa with broken foot. 2000 Back injury ends Pakistan tour. 2002 Hernia operation and later. returns from Ashes tour with groin problem. 2003 Misses Zimbabwe series with shoulder injury. 2005 Ankle surgery in January. 2006 Out for 12 weeks after ankle surgery (below). 2007 More surgery to left ankle. 2008 Misses Englands Test and one-day series against New Zealand because of a side strain. 2009 A hip injury forces him to fly home from Englands tour of West Indies. Returns home early from his stint with the Chennai Super Kings to undergo surgery on right knee and misses World Twenty20 to recover in time for the Ashes. FLINTOFFS FITNESS WOES Dont look back in anger: Anderw Flintoff prepares to climb the steps to the Lords pavilion with Jimmy Anderson this morning, potentially for the last time after announcing his retirement from Test cricket index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html