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Andrew Flintoff
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Personal information
Full name Andrew Flintoff
Born 6 December 1977 (age 33)
Preston, Lancashire, England
Nickname Freddie
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role All-rounder
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 591) 23 July 1998 v South Africa
Last Test 20 August 2009 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 154) 7 April 1999 v Pakistan
Last ODI 3 April 2009 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 11
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995–2010 Lancashire (squad no. 11)
2009 Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 11)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC LA
Matches 79 141 183 282
Runs scored 3,845 3,394 9,027 6,641
Batting average 31.77 32.01 33.80 29.78
100s/50s 5/26 3/18 15/53 6/34
Top score 167 123 167 143
Balls bowled 14,951 5,624 22,799 9,416
Wickets 226 169 350 289
Bowling average 32.78 24.38 31.59 22.61
5 wickets in innings 3 2 4 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/58 5/19 5/24 5/19
Catches/stumpings 52/– 47/– 185/– 106/–
Source: CricketArchive, 29 August 2009

Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, MBE, (born 6 December 1977 in Preston, Lancashire) is a former English cricketer who played for Lancashire County Cricket Club, England and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. A tall (6' 4") fast bowler, batsman and slip fielder, Flintoff according to the ICC rankings was consistently rated amongst the top international allrounders in both ODI and Test cricket. His nickname "Freddie" or "Fred" comes from the similarity between his surname and that of Fred Flintstone, and was first used in the press as a quip because of the issues he had with his weight when he first emerged onto the scene.

From his debut in 1998, Flintoff became an integral player for England, and has both captained and vice-captained the team. However, he suffered regular injuries throughout his international career, often due to his heavy frame and bowling action. During the period 2007–09 he played in only 13 of England's 36 Test matches, but nevertheless remained a core member of the England squad, being selected whenever available. On 15 July 2009 he announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of the 2009 Ashes series, on 24 August, but made himself available for future commitments in One Day International and Twenty20 International matches.

It was reported on 7 September 2009 that Flintoff has developed deep vein thrombosis after surgery to his knee. On 16 September 2010, he announced his retirement from all cricket.

The most popular cricket player in the world is Andrew Flintoff. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, MBE, (born 6 December 1977 in Preston, Lancashire) is a former English cricketer who played for Lancashire County Cricket Club.

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2007–09: Injuries, comeback, and retirement-

Flintoff returned for a couple of games with Lancashire, in preparation for the West Indies tour of England but he re-injured his ankle and was ruled out for the first Test which started on 17 May 2007. Having undergone another operation on the troublesome ankle, he missed the whole Test and one-day series against the West Indies, and was also ruled out for the subsequent Test series with India. He returned for the 4th ODI on 30 August. Flintoff missed England's two narrow defeats to India in the fifth and sixth ODIs before taking three for 45 in the seventh, helping England to win the series four-three with a seven-wicket victory. Following several games for Lancashire, Flintoff returned for England in the first of seven ODIs against India on 21 August 2007. He bowled seven overs and ended with figures of one for twelve in England's 104-run victory. He hit an eventful nine runs during the second ODI; however, while fielding, he injured his knee and sat out England's 42-run victory in the third ODI.

His ankle injury recurred during the end of the 2007 season, and, although he played in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, he did not accompany the England squad to Sri Lanka, and a fourth operation made it highly unlikely that he would play again before the summer of 2008, missing both the Sri Lankan Test Series and the 2008 tour of New Zealand. Flintoff remained "upbeat" about his career, however.

He was back in action for Lancashire early in the 2008 season, but a side strain ruled him out of contention for the home series against New Zealand. After again returning to action in county cricket, he was recalled to the England squad for the second Test against South Africa. He took his 200th Test wicket in the Third Test, trapping Neil McKenzie lbw for 72. Flintoff bowled consistently against the South Africans, but South African coach Mickey Arthur felt that he was too defensive. His batting also began to show promise as he consistently made starts, before being moved back up to bat at six when Kevin Pietersen took over as captain. In the following one day series, Flintoff was an important player for England, leading Pietersen to describe him as "a superstar". Flintoff scored 78 in both the first and the third matches — he was not required to bat in the second — as well as 31 not out off twelve balls in the fourth, whilst taking three wickets in the same match. This led many pundits to speculate that Flintoff might just be back to his best. He won Man of the Series in the ODI home series against South Africa, where England won four-nil: the last match was washed out. He was both the top run-scorer and the top wicket-taker of that series. Still, though, his want of consistency frustrated the pundits. "Flintoff," wrote Peter Roebuck some time later, "is a fine cricketer who has never quite worked out how he takes wickets or score runs. Torn between hitting and playing, pounding and probing, he has performed below his highest capabilities."

On England's tour of India Flintoff started the series well. In the first warm-up match against the Mumbai Cricket Association, he scored exactly 100. It was his first century for England since the Fourth Test of the 2005 Ashes. His batting did not follow with similar successes in India and the West Indies, but his bowling remained strong, with a dozen wickets in the Caribbean at under thirty apiece, followed by a hat-trick in the final ODI series, becoming only the third English bowler ever to do so.

In February 2009, the Chennai Super Kings of the Indian Premier League bought Flintoff for USD 1,550,000 — a good $600,000 above his base price of $950,000. This makes him the highest-ever-paid IPL player, alongside compatriot Kevin Pietersen, and surpasses Mahendra Singh Dhoni's $1,500,000. But Flintoff did not find success at the tournament, held in South Africa after the Mumbai attacks, as after a difficult first few matches he was sent home for surgery following another knee injury.

Flintoff driving through the covers at the SWALEC Stadium during the first Ashes Test of the 2009 series
The screen display at The Oval as Flintoff comes to the wicket for his penultimate Test innings
However, speculation over Flintoff's form ahead of the much-awaited 2009 Ashes series died down as he seized six scalps in his first match back for Lancashire and left "several county batsmen [...] nursing bruised ribs and fingers". He also collected a half-century against Hampshire, although he was still yet to register a century in either domestic cricket or any form of the international game since that Trent Bridge instalment of the last home Ashes in 2005, which year also accounted for his most recent Test five-for. "It's always been an Australian trait to over-rate players who have done well against them (just ask VVS Laxman)," wrote Lawrence Booth. "But in the case of Andrew Flintoff, this phenomenon is getting so out of control you wonder whether Steve Waugh has returned to orchestrate a cunning mind-game. [...] In any case, does anyone honestly think a player with his fitness record will make it through a five-Test series condensed into less than seven weeks?" Flintoff did offer some hope with the willow in the Twenty20 Cup, however, hitting 93 off 41 balls for Lancashire against Derbyshire in June.

On 15 July 2009, Flintoff announced he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes Series. He was man of the match in England's victory at Lords in the Second Test Match, taking 5 wickets in the second innings after a fine display of fast bowling. On 23 August 2009, England defeated Australia at The Oval to seal a 2–1 series win, with Flintoff notably running out the Australian captain Ricky Ponting, ensuring Flintoff ended his England career on a high. He said that "Since 2005 I have just been plagued with injury so I've got the opportunity now to finish on a high by helping England to win the Ashes and it will give me great pleasure if I can play my last Test at the Oval and we can win the Ashes – it doesn't get any bigger than that."
On 16 September 2010, however, Flintoff retired from all forms of cricket, having consulted with medical advisors.

Individual records and achievements-

  • Flintoff is the second highest English wicket-taker in one-day international cricket with 159 wickets, and the 10th highest in Test cricket, with 218 wickets. These figures include wickets taken for the ICC World XI.
  • He is also the 9th highest English run-scorer in one-day internationals, with a total of 2975.
  • Flintoff hit Surrey's Alex Tudor for 34 runs (6–4–4–4–4–6–6–0) in an over at Old Trafford in 1998. The over included two no-balls that, under ECB regulations, counted for two penalty runs apiece, making a grand total of 38.
  • The highest score of his career at any level is 232 not out for St Anne's (Under 15) Cricket Club against Fulwood and Broughton. He recalls that "it was a 20-overs-a-side game, played on an artificial wicket, and I remember getting dropped when I'd scored just six. My opening partner David Fielding scored 60 not out and we got 319 for 0 in 20 overs. You don't forget days like that, whatever the standard you're playing in".
  • Flintoff was Lancashire's winner of the NBC Denis Compton Award in 1997.
  • Flintoff holds the record for the most sixes scored for England, beating Ian Botham's record of 67 with a six off India's Piyush Chawla in Mohali on 11 March 2006.
  • Flintoff is only the seventh player to have batted on all five days of a Test match, achieving this feat at Mohali, in the same match in which he broke the sixes record.

Media career-

As of March 2010, Flintoff is a team captain on the Sky One television sports panel show A League of Their Own, hosted by James Corden.

In popular culture-

  • He appears on the cover of the English version of EA Sports' video games Cricket 2005 and Cricket 07.
  • Flintoff was joint winner of the Beard Liberation Front's Beard of the Year award in 2004 with NATFHE union leader Paul Mackney and then won again in 2005.


He has written several books: Being Freddie, Freddie, and Andrew Flintoff, My Life in Pictures. He is a supporter of Manchester City, although he states in his autobiography that he prefers the two rugby codes.

In the summer of 2005, Andrew Flintoff established himself as England's greatest allround cricketer since the days of Ian Botham, producing a succession.

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    Indian Premier League-

    Flintoff was the most expensive player at the IPL auctions after the Chennai Super Kings brought him for a massive 1.55 million USD. This also made him the highest-paid cricketer ever in any cricket tournament. However, he wasn't able to deliver for the Super Kings due to an elbow injury he picked up during the first quarter of the season. Super Kings have sought the services of Justin Kemp from South Africa to make up for his absence.

    Best performances-


    Test centuries-

    Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
    1 137 13 New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Jade Stadium 2002
    2 142 23 South Africa London, England Lord's 2003
    3 102* 33 West Indies St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Recreation Ground 2004
    4 167 38 West Indies Birmingham, England Edgbaston 2004
    5 102 51 Australia Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 2005

    One Day International centuries-

    Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
    1 106 73 New Zealand Bristol, England County Cricket Ground 2004
    2 123 74 West Indies London, England Lord's 2004
    3 104 78 Sri Lanka Southampton, England Rose Bowl 2004



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    Test five-wicket hauls

    Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year
    1 5/58 33 West Indies Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 2004
    2 5/78 52 Australia London, England The Oval 2005
    3 5/92 77 Australia London, England Lord's 2009

    One Day International five-wicket hauls-

    Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year
    1 5/56 125 India Bristol, England County Cricket Ground 2007
    2 5/19 141 West Indies Gros Islet, Saint Lucia Beausejour Stadium 2009

    Awards and honours-

    • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE): 2006
    • Freedom of the City of Preston: 2006
    • England captain: 2006, 2006–2007
    • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World: 2005
    • Wisden Cricketers of the Year: 2004
    • PCA Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
    • ICC Player of the Year: 2005
    • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2004
    • ICC World One-Day XI: 2004, 2005, 2006
    • ICC World Test XI: 2006


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    Andrew Flintoff believes England can win the Ashes Down Under this winter as they have a better side than four years ago. The former England all-rounder.

     2005: Ashes winner-

    Flintoff during practice session
    Following the Test series in South Africa in December 2004 and January 2005, Flintoff flew home for surgery on his left ankle, leading to worries he might not regain fitness in time for The Ashes. In fact, following a rehabilitation programme of swimming and hill-walking, he recovered ahead of schedule and was able to return to action for Lancashire in April.

    In the Second Test against Australia at Edgbaston in August 2005, he broke Ian Botham's 1981 record of six sixes in an Ashes Test Match with five in the first innings, and a further four in the second innings, 141 runs in total. In the same game he took a total of 7 wickets (across both innings), including the wickets of Langer and Ponting in his first over in Australia's run-chase. He managed all this despite a shoulder injury early in the second innings. England won the game by the narrowest of margins – just 2 runs, and saved their hopes of regaining the Ashes. Flintoff was named 'Man of the Match' and captain Michael Vaughan subsequently dubbed the match "Fred's Test" in honour of his achievement.

    Flintoff scored a century during England's crucial win at Trent Bridge. He took 5 wickets on the fourth day of the final Test match, enabling England to go off for bad light and helping them to eventually secure a draw and regain the Ashes.
    For his achievements throughout the 2005 Ashes series, he was named as "Man of the Series" by Australian coach, John Buchanan. His achievement also won him the inaugural Compton-Miller Medal. He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Preston.

    In October 2005, Flintoff shared the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC player of the year award with Jacques Kallis of South Africa. In December 2005, Flintoff was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2005, the first cricketer since Botham in 1981. In the New Year's Honours List for 2006, Flintoff was appointed an MBE for his role in the successful Ashes side. In January 2006, Flintoff was presented with Freedom of the City award for Preston, Lancashire. The award was presented to Flintoff by the Mayor of Preston. Other recipients of the award include Sir Tom Finney and Nick Park.

    England captaincy-

    Flintoff bowls in the nets at Adelaide Oval
    In February 2006, following England captain Michael Vaughan and vice-captain Marcus Trescothick becoming unavailable for the first Test match against India, Flintoff was named captain of the England team and subsequently announced that he would be staying in India for the entire Test series, although he and his wife were expecting their second child. His wife gave birth to a son, Corey, shortly before the second Test on 9 March.

    On the field, Flintoff was seen as a great success during the drawn series with India, with a 212-run victory in Mumbai. His contributions with both bat and ball ensured that he was named as the player of the series, with many commentators seeing Flintoff as someone who not only worked better under the responsibility but was also viewed as a great influence of an inexperienced side, which included many debutants, such as Alastair Cook, Owais Shah and Monty Panesar. Flintoff amassed four fifties in the series, and took 11 wickets, on unfriendly surfaces for seamers. Flintoff continued to captain England during the seven ODIs in India, although he was rested for two matches.

    However, following a recurrence of his long-term ankle problem in May 2006, he missed both the ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the first Test against Pakistan. It was later announced in July that Flintoff's rehabiltation had not been sufficient to quell the injury, and that further surgery would be required. He was thus ruled out for the entire series against Pakistan. Despite injury concerns, Flintoff was later named for the ICC Champions Trophy, where he played as a specialist batsman, not as an all-rounder.

    2006–07 Ashes series-

    Flintoff bowling against Australia in The Ashes series
    After his previous stint as captain in the Test series against India, Flintoff returned as captain of the England team for the eagerly anticipated 2006-07 Ashes series in Australia. The series turned out to be a humiliating one for Flintoff, leading his side to five straight losses and thus losing the Ashes after having held them for the shortest time in history. In addition, he presided over England's worst ever defeat in an Ashes series, equalling the 1921 whitewash at the hands of the Warwick Armstrong-led Australian team in the wake of World War I.

    Flintoff's own play in the 2006–07 series, both bowling and at the crease, was generally deemed disappointing. He made only two scores over 50 in the series, his best bowling figures were 4/99 in the first innings of the First Test in Brisbane, and he failed to get 5 wickets in a match. Flintoff played in only one first-class game in the lead up to the series. He was initially undone by Australia's excellent seam bowling but his batting improved throughout the series as he got more match practice. A persistent ankle injury prevented Flintoff from bowling long spells at full pace and Australia's batsmen took advantage of this. According to Nasser Hussain during the tour he also had three or four warnings for inappropriate behaviour and binge drinking, including arriving hungover for a training session.

    Flintoff also captained England for several of the subsequent 2006-07 Commonwealth Bank Series One Day International matches. Michael Vaughan's return from knee surgery was cut short by a hamstring injury and he was only able to play two matches, leaving Flintoff in charge for the remaining games. England qualified in the last game of eight group matches for the best-of-three finals against Australia, but reversed their poor form on tour with a 2–0 series win in the finals.

    Flintoff contributed significantly with the ball in both matches, taking three wickets in the first match and allowing only 10 runs off 5 overs in the second as Australia chased a reduced total in a rain-hit match.

    From Wikipedia-

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