IN DEPTH: FREDDIE FLINTOFF

Formerly a player for Lancashire County Cricket Club and an England Cricket Team bowler, Andrew Flintoff was consistently one of the top cricketers when it comes to ratings.

Flintoff started off his debut in 1998 and became the captain of the team. Many players do not get this opportunity. Andrew Flintoff was always a core member of the English Cricket team and was selected for matches whenever available.

In 2002, Andrew Flintoff scored his maiden test century. When he started off in his debut matches he had a meagre average of 19 runs and an average of 47 with the ball. By the end of 2005, the corresponding figures became 43 and 45 respectively.

Flintoff won the man of the match awards in the One Day internationals against New Zealand and West Indies in 2004, and was named as the Cricketer of the Year by Wisden, having missed out the same title in 2002.

In the test match against Australia in the 2005 Ashes, he broke the record of Botham’s six sixes in 1981 by scoring five sixes in the first innings and another four in the second innings scoring a massive 141 runs in total.

The story does not end there. In the same match, Flintoff took 7 wickets including the wickets of main batsmen like Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting. All this saved the Ashes for England by making the victory theirs by a small margin of two runs, against the best online cricket betting odds!

The whole series was named as Fred’s Test by captain Vaughan as an honour. Andrew Flintoff was also awarded the Man of the Match title. Presently he is the 9th highest scorer in One Day internationals with a score of 2975 and is the seventh player so far to play for all five days in a test match.