Andrew Flintoff is, without doubt, England’s most iconic player since the days of Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham.

Not only was he an incredibly skilled player, capable of world class performances with both bat and ball, he was someone with whom the whole country could relate to.

He came across as just a normal lad, with a humble upbringing, and someone who definitely enjoyed socialising and having a drink. The British public has always taken to this kind of character, and when they provide scintillating performances alongside a likeable persona, most of the time they will develop into somewhat of a national treasure.

Andrew Flintoff was an exceptional cricketer from an early age, but initially he was more of a batting all-rounder, compared to the bowling all-rounder he became later in his career.

Thankfully, his career will almost certainly be remembered for the heroics he performed during the Ashes in 2005. Flintoff captured the imagination of not only the British public with his stunning performances, but also the cricketing world.

Not only did he show sporting genius in the series, he also showed great compassion and sportsmanship, with the famous photograph of him consoling Brett Lee after one of the greatest Test matches of modern times living long in the memory.

Following his Man of the Series performance against Australia, he was awarded with the prestigious ICC Cricketer of the Year award. Punters who had backed him with a bet on cricket online won big money when Flintoff won the award.

Sadly, Flintoff very rarely reached the lofty heights of his performances from 2005 again, but fittingly he still managed to sign out of his cricketing career with an outstanding run out of Australia captain Ricky Ponting in the final test of the 2009 Ashes, which helped England secure the Ashes once again.