‘Flintoff not good enough’

The 37-year-old was popular with Australian fans for his light-hearted commentary, but with a??Brisbane shirt on he managed only 74 runs and bagged three wickets as the Heat??finished bottom of the table.

Flintoff hinted at the end of the tournament that he would consider heading back into retirement and did not register for last week’s Indian Premier League auction.

With a return to the Big Bash next year now looking very unlikely, Heat’s??general manager Andrew Blucher told Cricket Australia: “Andrew Flintoff was outstanding for us off the field from a media point of view – for fans, supporters and sponsors he was absolutely outstanding.

“I think in terms of his on-field performance, by his own admission, he would say he was less than where he would like to be.

“We needed more from him on the field if I’m brutally honest. We loved him, the fans loved him but ultimately we do need more out of an overseas – one of those two highly-valuable overseas recruits.”

The all-rounder was recruited by Heat coach Stuart Law, his former Lancashire??team-mate, after he returned from a five-year retirement during last summer’s??NatWest T20 Blast.

Flintoff helped Lancashire reach the Blast final and fell just short of pulling??off a fairytale win in the decider against Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.