31 Facts About Andrew Flintoff

1. Andrew Flintoff played all forms of the game and was one of the sport's leading all-rounders, a fast bowler, middle-order batsman, and slip fielder.

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2. Andrew Flintoff was consistently rated by the ICC as being among the top international all-rounders in both ODI and Test cricket.

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3. Andrew Flintoff retired from Test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes series, and from other forms of the game in 2010.

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4. Andrew Flintoff became a presenter of the BBC One show Top Gear in 2019.

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5. Andrew Flintoff made his Test match debut for England in 1998 against South Africa at Trent Bridge, in a match remembered for its second-innings duel between Mike Atherton and Allan Donald; in a precursor to their subsequent rivalry, Flintoff and Jacques Kallis exchanged wickets.

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6. Andrew Flintoff managed all this despite a shoulder injury early in the second innings.

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7. Andrew Flintoff took five wickets on the fourth day of the final Test match, enabling England to go off for bad light and helping them eventually to secure a draw and regain the Ashes.

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8. In October 2005, Andrew Flintoff shared the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC player of the year award with Jacques Kallis of South Africa.

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9. In December 2005, Andrew Flintoff was crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2005, the first cricketer since Botham in 1981.

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10. In January 2006, Andrew Flintoff was presented with the Freedom of the City award for Preston, Lancashire.

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11. Andrew Flintoff continued to captain England during the seven ODIs in India, although he was rested for two matches.

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12. Recurrence of his long-term ankle problem in the Test series meant Andrew Flintoff missed both the ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the first Test against Pakistan.

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13. Andrew 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.

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14. Andrew 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 12 balls in the fourth, whilst taking three wickets in the same match.

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15. Andrew Flintoff 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 accounted for his most recent Test five-for.

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16. On 15 July 2009, Andrew Flintoff announced he would retire from Test cricket at the end of the 2009 Ashes Series.

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17. Andrew Flintoff 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.

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18. On 16 September 2010, Andrew Flintoff retired from all forms of professional cricket, having consulted medical advisers.

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19. Andrew Flintoff came out of retirement in May 2014, returning to Lancashire to play Twenty20 only.

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20. Andrew Flintoff featured in the final of the competition, dismissing Ian Bell with the ball and hitting two sixes in the penultimate over as Lancashire fell just short against Birmingham Bears.

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

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22. In December 2010, Andrew Flintoff became a guest commentator during a number of matches in the 2011 PDC World Darts Championship event.

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23. Andrew Flintoff produced a documentary entitled Freddie Andrew Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport, about his and other sports stars' suffering of clinical depression.

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24. In 2014, Andrew Flintoff made a cameo appearance in Sky TV series, Trollied.

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25. On 15 February 2015, Andrew Flintoff entered the first Australian series of I'm a Celebrity.

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26. Andrew Flintoff is a co-host for Australian Ninja Warrior, which first aired on the Nine Network in July 2017.

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27. In September 2017, Andrew Flintoff was the main presenter for Cannonball on ITV with Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama as poolside reporters.

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28. In November 2017, Andrew Flintoff made his musical theatre debut as Kevin Mergatroyd in Kay Mellor's Fat Friends The Musical in Leeds before touring the UK in early 2018.

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29. Andrew Flintoff hosted All Star Musicals for ITV in December 2017.

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30. In 2011, Andrew Flintoff was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Preston-based Myerscough College.

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31. In 2020, Andrew Flintoff presented a documentary that aired on the BBC One called Freddie Andrew Flintoff: Living With Bulimia.

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