After suffering serious injuries in a vehicle accident, former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is said to be back to his old self, according to the assistant coach for England, Marcus Trescothick.
Since the December of last year, when Flintoff was involved in a horrific vehicle accident while shooting for the BBC driving program Top Gear, he has mostly disappeared from public view.
After a protracted period of recuperation, the 45-year-old was eventually persuaded to become an unpaid member of England’s backroom staff at the beginning of September.
Flintoff was a teammate of Trescothick’s for many years with the England cricket team, and Trescothick is glad to see his pal reclaim his exuberant attitude after going through such a difficult event.
“He is the one who is hardest on me more than anybody else. I may be the first one he picks on with his banter at the moment, but having him around has actually been a wonderful experience. Trescothick said to the press on Monday that he thought he did an outstanding job.
“Seeing him grow back into Freddie, obviously he’s been away from cricket for a significant amount of time, but this is where it all starts and where it belongs for him. ” “Seeing him grow back into Freddie” The other men are really starting to warm up to him.
“It’s been like ‘wow’ the few times he’s spoken in the locker room,” she said. You can see the difference, and I’ve witnessed the development of him as a character; the manner in which he communicates with players and conveys information to them has been excellent.
“To have him spreading a little bit of gold dust throughout the squad and having the younger guys working with that has been really beneficial. It is impossible to place a price on it.”
Flintoff was first selected for England’s most recent one-day international matches against New Zealand in advance of the 50-over World Cup, which will take place in India in October.
However, the former captain of England, who most notably was instrumental in his country’s victory in the Ashes series in 2005 against Australia, has continued to participate in the One-Day Internationals that have been taking place against Ireland.
Following their victory at Trent Bridge on Saturday, an experimental England side is now leading that three-match series by a score of 1-0 going into the series’ final encounter on Tuesday in Bristol.
In order to give players on the team’s periphery an opportunity to make their case for more regular roles, England is giving the group that will fly to India to defend their title in the World Cup some time off.
Rehan Ahmed, a teenager who bowls leg spin, is one of these up-and-coming young players. He showed his potential over the weekend by taking four wickets and 54 runs against Ireland.
Trescothick said, “I like the way he keeps relishing opportunities and keeps doing the business,” and “I like the way he keeps doing the business.”
Because he is a younger player, there is a great deal of attention focused on him. He was called up to the Test squad and immediately made an impact, taking five wickets in his first match against Pakistan in December. He also performed well in this format. I really hope that trend continues.”