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Flintoff questions India’s fitness
Friday 19 August 2011

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has criticised India’s fitness levels during the current series against England. India has been ravaged by injuries in the series so far with Praveen Kumar being the latest player on the treatment table.

The cricketer drew a stark contrast between the two teams as they warmed up for the first day's play of the fourth and final Test of the series at The Oval.

"I've not seen much of the summer, and this morning I watched the two sides warming up," he said.

"I saw India, and they looked like they'd got their kit out of the garage. They were all in different gear. England looked really professional next to them. They just looked poles apart," he told BBC Test Match Special.

Flintoff said he felt sorry for his former England coach Duncan Fletcher, who took over the India job in June after Gary Kirsten declined to extend his contract citing personal reasons.

"Watching the slip catching practise, you had England on one side diving around, the ball fizzing through," he said.

"I used to do it with Duncan Fletcher. I bet you he's tearing his hair out. They were clapping everything down: the keeper was missing them, the slips were dropping them. It just looked shabby," Flintoff added.

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