After an incredibly difficult year in the aftermath of his car crash, Andrew Flintoff, is making his return to the public sphere. And a cricketing icon is delighted to see him back.
In 2018, the Prestonian hero joined Top Gear as a presenter alongside Paddy McGuinness, much to the joy of fans, who thoroughly enjoyed watching his colourful personality on the show.
However, on December 13, 2022, at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey, Flintoff suffered a nasty accident that nearly ended his life.
While driving at 140MPH, he crashed his vehicle and was subsequently airlifted to hospital, having suffered multiple facial injuries and broken ribs.
A source told The Times: “Freddie has been seriously emotionally and physically affected by the crash. He’s daring, that’s what he does, and he doesn’t feel like he is able to continue to play that role on the show.”
Luckily, Flintoff”s recovering and has been spotted working with the England team, which has come as music to the ears of Steve Harmison.
Andrew Flintoff is on the right track
Having worked with the British great in the past, Harmison is over the moon to see that his old pal is on the mend.
In an interview with Online Cricket Betting, he said: “It’s brilliant. I think he loved being back and he said he was a bit overwhelmed with the love and affection he got from everybody. Andrew really is a national treasure. I think he realises how much people all over the world, especially in this country, love him.
“He’s received a lot of messages from overseas from those who were so glad to see him in public again. By all accounts, the England lads loved him – who wouldn’t? Having spent the best part of 15 years in the dressing room with him, I know. The only reason he didn’t go into coaching or commentating was because he was so good at other things. Things which made him a lot more money. You couldn’t get him back into cricket!”
He continued: “Now, if he decides to do that, I’d love to see it. It’d be great to have him in commentary, as he’s very funny. He also has a lot to give in the coaching side due to his knowledge of the game. He says he’s a daft boy from Preston – but he’s definitely not. His understanding of cricket is ridiculous.
“I think he’d be a very, very good coach – but the TV stuff always paid him more. It was great to see him back on the field, smiling, and sharing jokes with Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Stokes got a chance to sit with Andrew – and that’s unbelievable. Andrew Flintoff never had the chance to sit with the great Ian Botham. But Stokes and Flintoff having a conversation over a cup of coffee would be great to listen to. What they’ve both had to go through on and off the field is extraordinary. I’m sure they’ll enjoy each other’s company.”
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