Flintoff seen for first time since Top Gear crash still showing face injuries

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    England cricket legend Andrew Flintoff has been pictured for the first time since his accident while filming Top Gear.

    The 45-year-old was injured in December last year in a serious accident at the motoring TV show's test track at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome, Surrey.

    Flintoff had not been in the public eye since the accident, which resulted in filming for the 34th Top Gear season being suspended pending a health and safety review of the incident.

    But Flintoff was seen with the England team during their one-day international against New Zealand at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens on Friday.

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    According to reports, he was invited to be around to the senior dressing room in an informal mentoring role.

    The England fan-favourite was seen with visible scars on his face and tape on his nose. He wore a bucket hat and dark glasses while leading fielding drills with the England players.

    Flintoff was later seen sitting on the England balcony during New Zealand's innings as the visitors secured a comfortable win.

    The former all-rounder, who won the Ashes in 2005 and 2009 and captained the side between 2006 and 2007, had received medical care at the scene after his crash on 13 December.

    He was taken to hospital for further treatment, where he spent five weeks. The BBC apologised to Flintoff for his injuries in March and said it would continue to support him during his recovery.

    It remains unclear whether Flintoff will resume his television career in light of the accident.

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    England white-ball captain Jos Buttler was supportive of Flintoff's return to the England cricket team.

    Buttler said: "He's been starting to do a little bit of stuff back in cricket and it's just great for him to be around. He's obviously an England legend and it's nice for us to have him with the group.

    "He hasn't been brought in with any specific role. He's just here to observe and a few of the lads can pick his brains. He's settled in really well and it's great to have him with us."

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