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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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