Born on 6th of December 1977
(full name and title: Andrew Flintoff, MBE)
Born: December 6, 1977
Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is one of the best known and best loved characters in the current generation of England cricketers. His nickname 'Freddie' comes from the similarity of the surname Flintoff with that of the popular TV cartoon character Fred Flinstone.
Flintoff is an all rounder; adept with both the bat and the ball. This undoubtedly assisted his rise to the England Test side which has come despite inconsistent form in County Cricket. England cricket was at that time perhaps seeking a replacement for the great all rounder Sir Ian Botham.
During his early years for England he found form intermittently for both county and country, often in dramatic fashion when he did. He established his potential as a match winner with performances like his explosive 135 not out against Surrey in the Quarter Final of the Nat West Trophy in 2000. This innings was described as the "most awesome innings we are ever going to see" by former England captain David Gower.
In 2002 a fitter Flintoff with a remodelled bowling action began to find more consistent form and in this year he achieved his maiden Test century. Between 2003 and 2005 Flintoff's averages with both the bat and ball at Test level improved dramatically. This set him up perfectly for the glorious 2005 Ashes series against Australia, a series which cemented place in English cricket folklore forever.
England had not won an Ashes series since 1987 and were not expected to fare any better this time out. However, after losing the first Test, England won the second test in dramatic fashion by only two runs. Flintoff was masterful in what was dubbed 'Freddie's Test' by England captain Michael Vaughan. Flintoff broke Sir Ian Botham's record of six sixes in a single test match, posting nine to set the new record. He took key Australian wickets including Langer and Ponting in his first over of the second innings. England went on to win the series 2-1 with two drawn matches.
Flintoff has had his ups and downs since then with much time lost to injury and a degree of tabloid scandal. However, he still remains a big favourite and a great hope for English cricket.
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