FLINTOFF RETURNS TO UK

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff has returned to live in the UK, after two years living the dream in Dubai. Whilst he enjoyed the sunshine and swimming pool, Dubai just wasn't what he called home, and he has now returned to live in Surrey.

Flintoff headed out to Dubai just over two years ago, as a chance to enjoy himself having retired fully from all forms of cricket. But it's not taken too long for him to start pining for the mud, rain and cold of England.

FLINTOFF TO BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR

Andrew flintoff will be the guest of honour for the Lancashire County Cricket Club for its first birthday. The multi-million pound conference and events venue has enjoyed growing success since it was opened in 2010 and has played host to 91 conventions, events, and formal dinners, welcomed 60,000 visitors, and achieved a turnover of nearly £2.5m.

FLINTOFF ACCUSED

Flintoff has been accused of his recent comments against people in Burnley. He was praising the recent tour of Preston, his home town, by Prince William and Kate Middleton and used the opportunity for a little oneupmanship on the rival Lancashire town of Burnley, which the Royal couple did not visit but whose famous sons include the actor Sir Ian McKellen.

He then compared its residents to the Dingles, the troubled family from the television soap Emmerdale, which includes murderers, arsonists and kidnappers, but this was not judged too harshly.

FLINTOFF AT LORD'S

Andrew Flintoff does not seem to be too bothered of retirement as he was recently spotted at Lords.

His most recent visits to the Home of Cricket have been as a player - most memorably in 2009 when his spell of 5-92 inspired England to their first Ashes victory at Lord’s in over 70 years.

This visit to Lord’s is, sadly for England fans, slightly more low-key - but one Flintoff is grateful of nonetheless. Flintoff is accepting his iconic MCC Members’ tie after an offer from the Club of Honorary Honorary Life Membership earlier this year.

FLINTOFF PRAISED

The MCC have awarded Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff with honorary life membership.

Widely known as a cricket enthusiast, Dr Tutu was the first speaker to be drawn from outside the circle of international cricket to deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture in 2008.

Flintoff joins a select group of former players, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sunil Gavaskar and Sir Ian Botham, who are already life members of the club.

FLINTOFF WANTS COLLINGWOOD TO RETURN

Andrew Flintoff has said that he wants Paul Collingwood to return home. Collingwood managed just 83 runs during a Test series England's batsman otherwise dominated, before scores of 16, six and one in the limited overs series so far.

Flintoff believes the all-rounder would be better served by getting away from cricket and return to his family, with his wife expecting a child next month.

"I'd be tempted for him to come home, because in the World Cup we're going to be need him playing well," Flintoff said.

"Sometimes you can try too hard."

FLINTOFF CALLS FOR COLLINGWOOD TO BE AXED

Andrew Flintoff has said that Paul Collingwood should be axed from the England national team. Middle-order batsman Collingwood, 34, has struggled while England have retained the Ashes in Australia and heads into the series finale in Sydney with just 70 runs at an average of 14 from the four previous Tests.

The team's best fielder and captain of the side that gave England its first major tournament victory after they beat Australia in last year's World Twenty20 final in Barbados, Collingwood's Test career has been punctuated by several troughs although he still averages over 40.

FLINTOFF CHANGES NUMBER

Andrew Flintoff posted his mobile number on Twitter and then had to change phone his number to due alarming number of calls.

'Not got your number, phone me,' he wrote, adding his full 11-digit number at the end.

The result? A never-ending stream of phonecalls from excited fans checking to see if it was genuine.

Unfortunately for dopey Fred, it was - and, realising his mistake, deleted the message and followed it with a series of requests for help in turning off his answer machine service.

FLINTOFF CRITICISES THE AUSTRALIANS

Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has said that the Australian spinners are in complete disarray. In a dire assessment of his one-time foes, Flintoff said the Australian cricket side was in "disarray" and would not recover unless Warne reprised his match-winning ability to haunt England.

Warne, 41, played the last of his 145 Tests almost four years ago against England, but Flintoff - ironically Warne's final victim - was adamant the spin great could reinvigorate the ailing Aussies.

"I'd love to see Warnie play again, it would be unbelievable," Flintoff said.

FLINTOFF BACKS ENGLAND

Andrew Flintoff today said that England would beat the Australians in the ashes series. Flintoff played memorable roles in England's victories of 2005 and 2009, but was also the captain for a miserable 5-0 defeat in Australia four years ago.

He is talking a confident game this round however, saying: 'Looking at the two teams, I reckon we’ll beat them. 'It’s going to be interesting watching it but I think we’ll just edge it.'

Andrew Flintoff has also backed Kevin Pietersen to make a big contribution despite a disappointing year with the bat for his country.