Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has come out of retirement to join the Lancashire Lightning's squad for this year's NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

The 36-year-old never thought he would get the chance to play competitive cricket again, having last done so almost five years ago, but has been training with Lancashire in recent months and is now relishing his opportunity to return.

"I'm really honoured to be part of Lancashire once again," he said on

"It is something that I never thought would happen but, after training with the squad over the last few months, I am really happy that they have invited me to play.

"I have worked really hard to get back to my fittest and I hope that we have a successful summer. I'm just glad that I can be part of it."