Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire

It was a mixed day for Andrew Flintoff at Gabbatoire last Sunday. He was playing a competitive game of cricket on a foreign ground after a very long time. So, it must have been special, but, he could not play as well for his team Brisbane Heat as a big player like him should have.

With his poor bowling in the penultimate over of the game, Flintoff had given the opposition team a chance to snatch win from the jaws of defeat, but, thanks to Ryan Duffield who bowled some god low full-tosses at the end to keep the Melbourne Stars two runs away from the target.

Ben Strokes Clone of Andrew Flintoff

Steve Harmison thinks Ben Stokes is good enough to be compared to the legendary all rounder Andrew Flintoff.
But, the former fast bowler has urged the England team management to let the Durham player express himself and not make him curb his natural instincts.

According to Harmison, Stokes, just like Flintoff, is a free flowing player and he can succeed at the international level only by playing the way he knows. The coaches should not try to transform his game even if he plays a bad shot or two every now and then.

Ali Proves Naysayers Wrong

Moeen Ali has proved all those people wrong who were saying that he is just a part time spinner and he would not be able to create that much of an impact on the Indian batsmen in the 5-match test series that has finished just recently.

English Collapse Under Indian Pace

The English middle order collapsed yesterday against the inexperienced pace attack of India at Nottingham.

At one point of time, the Three Lions were on the driving seat with Gary Ballance and Sam Robson playing very well, but, as soon as Ishant Sharma got both of them dismissed with the reverse swinging old ball in the second session, the pressure was back on England and their middle couldn’t soak it up.

The likes of Ian Bell and Matt Prior who are the seasoned campaigners of the team fell cheaply on a dead deck and left the hosts in more than a spot of bother.

Bailey Proves Worth As Leader

The T20 captain of the Australian Cricket Team, George Bailey, proved his worth as a leader in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League as well. He was appointed as the captain of the Kings XI Punjab side despite some other strong contestants being there for the post. The Tasmanian lived up to the faith showed in him by the higher officials of the franchise and led the team wonderfully throughout the tournament. Had he been slightly lucky, he would probably have made his team champion.

Rumors Abound; Flintoff Return

There have been reports that Andrew Flintoff might resume his cricket career during the upcoming county season by representing his former team Lancashire in the T20 competition.

Lancashire has denied those reports though. According to the Manchester based club, they haven’t made any such offer to the former England captain till now.

Flintoff has actually been spending a lot of time with the Lancashire first team of late. He has been practicing as well as mentoring the youngsters.

FLINTOFF SIDES WITH KP

Andrew Flintoff has criticized the cricket controlling body in England i.e. ECB for bulldozing Kevin Pietersen into an early international retirement.

The former English all rounder reckons that one man can’t be responsible for everything that went wrong with the Three Lions on the Ashes tour. There would have been other reasons as well.

Flintoff is also not happy with the senior England guys. According to him, they should have acknowledged the fact that the Ashes whitewash was a result of everybody not playing up to his potential.

TROTT CAN RETURN

Andrew Flintoff thinks that the English top order batsman Jonathan Trott who left the Ashes tour and returned home after the Brisbane test match due to stress illness will be able to make his comeback to international cricket.
Trott was bounced out by Mitchell Johnson in both the innings of the Brisbane test match.

After that game, the England coach Andy Flower announced that the Warwickshire right hander would not play any more games in the series and would return home immediately as he was struggling with stress illness.

FAITH IN CARBERRY

Eoin Morgan has said that the England team management has got full faith in the abilities of the opening batsman Michael Carberry despite his poor outings in the ODIs so far.

Carberry has recently begun his ODI career and has played 3 games so far. He has just managed to score 15 runs in those 3 games at a pathetic average of 5.

MORGAN BACKS YOUNG GUNS

The stand-in captain of the England one day side, Eoin Morgan, has said that he has got full faith in his young players and he expects them to put up a better performance in the third ODI game against Australia tomorrow.

England is currently down by 0-1 in the series courtesy the huge defeat that they had suffered the other day at Old Trafford. One more defeat would make it impossible for the hosts to win the series.

In the Old Trafford game, England was completely outsmarted by the Kangaroos. The men in red struggled both with bat and ball and ended up being defeated by 80 odd runs.