Former England all round cricketer Andy Flintoff has admitted that the 5-0 loss to arch rivals Australia in the Ashes series of 2007 left the morale of the team at an all time low and that period for him personally was one of despair, having suffered from depression for days on end.
Flintoff added that at the time they could not believe what had happened and how they managed to go from winning the series 2-1 at home to being completely decimated in a matter of months.
According to Freddie, none of his teammates spoke of those days in the dressing room and a disappointed pall of gloom had descended on them. What hurt Andy Flintoff more was that they had meekly surrendered the historic urn of the ashes of cricket to their arch nemesis, the Aussies just before Christmas. If you had thought of placing a cricket bet on an Australian whitewash you could have won an absolute fortune.
He added that while he was having a drink with his dad at home on Christmas Eve, they were talking about the loss in the series and at the moment, he could not hold back his tears and cried for days on end. According to Flintoff, he had said to his dad that he tried to give his best on the field but admitted that the Australians were far superior to them at that time.
He was captain of the England cricket at that time, financially stable and with enough confidence to go out with his head held high to face the Aussies but after the series loss, he couldn’t bear to even get out of bed.
However, Andy Flintoff is extremely happy that the England team has now reached their pinnacle of glory and Australia are languishing below them and feels privileged to have been a part of the side.