LITESPORT ANDREW FLINTOFF has assured his worshippers that yesterdays emotional Ashes victory will not be the last time they see him celebrating in England colours. Flintoff exited the Test arena at the Brit Oval in grand style, but today is facing up to the grim reality of another lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 31-year-old has brought forward an operation on his right knee to this evening as a result of Englands early win, but has vowed to return as the best one-day cricketer in the world. Flintoffs creaking body will no longer allow him to cope with the rigours of the five-day format, but he is confident hecanstillbeanintegralpartof aWorld Cup winning England side. Hesaid:IvewontheAshestwice,why not a World Cup? I want to be the best one-day cricketer in the world and I can set my sights on that. Flintoff has no definite timescale for his return but would like to be involved in the one-day internationals in Bang- ladesh next February. He said: The surgeon has a good idea of what hes going to find. I think itd be wrong for me to speculate on that. Well seewhenIwakeupaftertheanaesthetic and see where Im at with it. RealisticallyIthinkbeforeChristmas Im going to struggle. Obviously Ive retired from Test cricket but theres a tour to Bangladesh which I desperately want to be involved in. So realistically I think that could be my first cricket after this Test. SkipperAndrewStrausswillbeunable to call upon Flintoff during the daunt- ing task of facing the No1 ranked Test side in the world, South Africa, this winter. Butthetalismanicall-rounderbelieves the side is in good hands, particularly withStuartBroadrealisinghispotential and Strauss leading form the front. Stuarts better than me in a lot of ways, he admitted. Hes only 23 and hes performing at the highest level. Broady has a lot of potential but hes already showing it. Straussy leads by example, not just with his batting but with the way he conducts himself. Hes a popular lad. Im sure in five years time when someone else is sat in this chair being asked what Andrew Strauss was like as a captain, theyll say he was a belter. Flintoff celebrated hard after Eng- lands last Ashes win but last nights post-series party was pretty low key by my standards. He said: I remember 2005 -- contrary to popular belief. But this time it was somethingwhichIsavoured.Itwasquite nice -- all the families came over. 34 Monday, 24 August 2009 London Lite ILL bE back aSFlintoffset forsurgery butwants toreturnas anODIking by james goldman Button hopes given wings as Red Bulls fizzle out Lucky: Brawns Jenson Button Inbrief Murray in Pole position for cup lANDY MURRAY has promised to play in Great Britains Davis Cup tie against Poland next month. The world number two will travel straight back to Liverpool after the US Open in New York to try to help the British team avoid relegation to Group II of the Euro/Africa Zone, which includes Monaco, Egypt, Lithuania and Ireland. I always want to play Davis Cup if possible and if I feel fresh and 100 per cent fit I will be there, he said. bolt set to leap into new event lUSAIN BOLT says he may start competing in the long jump after winning three gold medals in the World Championships. The Jamaican sprint star has been backed by long jump legend Mike Powell to break his world record of 8.95m if he ever switched to the sand pit. And Bolt admitted: Id love to try the long jump before I retire. Hopefully I can because I think Id be very good at it. Danny joy over cottagers deal lDANNY MURPHY has signed a new Fulham deal that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2011. The 32-year-old midfielder moved to Fulham from Tottenham in 2007 and has now extended his current contract for a further year. However, Murphy is a major doubt for his sides trip to Amkar Perm for the second leg of their Europa League play-off tie on Thursday after limping off during the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea yesterday. Wiggins wings in for the Tour lBRADLEY WIGGINS, the three-time Olympic cycling gold medallist, has confirmed that he will compete in this years Tour of Britain. Wiggins, who finished fourth in the 2009 Tour de France, will lead his Garmin Slipstream team in the eight-stage race next month. The race finishes on Londons Whitehall on 19 September after starting in Scunthorpe one week earlier. beni in heaven in Reds eleven lYOSSI BENAYOUN says he is determined to hold onto his place in the Liverpool team. The former West Ham midfielder is vying to start ahead of Ryan Babel against Aston Villa tonight after starring in the 4-0 win over Stoke last Wednesday. And he said: Of course I want to start more and more games but my job is to work hard and try to prove myself. lLive on ESPN, from 7pm DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 1. JENSON ButtON (GB) Brawn................72pts 2. RuBENS BARRICHEllO (Brz) Brawn....54 3. MARk WEBBER (Aus) Red Bull...............51.5 4. SEBAStIAN VEttEl (Ger) Red Bull.......47 5. NICO ROSBERG (Ger) Williams..............29.5 6. lEWIS HAMIltON (GB) Mclaren..........27 7. kIMI RAIkkONEN (Fin) Ferrari................24 8. JARNO tRullI (Ita) toyota......................22.5 9. FElIPE MASSA (Brz) Ferrari....................22 10.tIMO GlOCk (Ger) toyota......................16 lNext race: Sunday, Belgium JENSON BUTTON has admitted he got lucky after maintaining a healthy lead in the Formula One world championship yesterday. The British driver could only finish seventh at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, but was boosted by the fact that his closest challengers -- Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull -- both failed to score any points. And Button is taking further positives from the fact his team-mate Rubens Barichello claimed victory in Spain after a miserable run of results for Brawn. In a way, I got two points and I was lucky to get those points, Button confessed. I was down in ninth at one point, behind Webber, and with Sebastian up in fifth. In the end neither of them got points and I got two points, so it is a positive day. But it is also a day where our car was strong and, as my team-mate proved, there were a lot more points on offer and it just didnt go my way. Barichello, who snatched the win after Lewis Hamilton lost vital time during a pit-stop, now moves into second place in the standings. But Red Bull pair Webber and Vettel are determined to push Button all the way in the remaining six races. Vettel, who retired in Valencia with a blown engine after refuelling problems, said: In terms of the championship, I will fight to the last breath. And Webber added: We will dust ourselves down and move on to Spa next weekend. by neil martin H 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.html