Andrew Flintoff Biography
Andrew Flintoff, famously known as “Freddie” in cricketing world is former England cricketer. Flintoff is one of the best all-rounders the game has ever seen, contributing with both ball and bat for his team.
Born on 6 December 1977, this right-handed batsman and the fast bowler has played in many leagues all around the world and was an integral part of the England cricket team for many years.
From very early age, Flintoff was inclined towards cricket. He did not want to stay in education and left school at 16.
As a boy, he played cricket for the Lancashire School Under-11 and Under-15 teams. He then played for two and half years in the England Under-19 team.
Flintoff was chosen as captain for England Under-19 teams for their Test match tour to Pakistan in 1996-97 and at home against Zimbabwe in 1997.
Flintoff made his Test debut in 1998 against South Africa at Trent Bridge. He took one wicket in the match and managed to make only 17 runs. England ended up winning the game by 8 wickets.
A year later, he made his ODI debut against Pakistan in Sharjah. Flintoff scored a fighting half-century in the pressure situation but could not save England from losing. He was dropped after his debut series and had to wait for the return tour to South Africa in late 1999 to make a return to the squad.
Rise To Glory
Flintoff showed his form in the tour of New Zealand in 2003. He scored his first Test ton and continued his good form after that he plundered 423 runs at an exceptionally good rate against South Africa.
Flintoff had continued to be a vital part of the bowling attack despite not much wickets in hand. His first five-wicket haul came during the 2004 tour of West Indies where he ended up with figures of 5/58 at Bridgetown to lead England to a fine victory.
He scored 603 runs and picked up 24 wickets as England whitewashed both New Zealand and West Indies in 2004.
Flintoff was named as the England skipper for the tour of India in early 2006 and was praised for his on-field tactics as England managed a 1-1 draw. His success though was short-lived. He captained England for 2006-07 Ashes tours of Australia which was disastrous for England ended up losing 5-0.
Due to his all-around abilities, he was always the favorite of selectors in various leagues around the world. He played for Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League for various teams in Big Bash League and English County.
Flintoff is the fourth highest wicket-taker for England in one-day international cricket with 168 wickets, and 14th highest in Test cricket, with 219 wickets.
Flintoff holds the record for the most sixes scored for by any English player. Flintoff is only the seventh player to have batted in all five days of a Test match
Due to series of injuries and controversies, Flintoff decided to quit the game in 2009.
He played his last Test against Australia in August 2009 and last ODI against West Indies in which he took 5 wicket haul, with England winning the match by 25 runs.