In 2003, Andrew Flintoff, the 25-year old Lancashire all-rounder dramatically staked his claim as the most exciting presence in the English cricket since Ian Botham. Whether performing in the county game or internationally, 'Freddie' empties the bars as he comes in to bat, as no one hits the ball harder and further than he does. His pacy bowling and brilliance as a fielder demonstrate his remarkable versatility. His two memorable innings against South Africa - 142 in a lost cause at Lord's, and his 95 at The Oval which turned possible defeat or a probable draw into a thrilling victory - have established him as the biggest contemporary crowd-pleaser in the English game. This illustrated book celebrates a tremendous sportsman in great action pictures, private photographs and in his own revealing words that explain the difficulties he has overcome to reach the pinnacle of the game.
Now 26, Andrew Flintoff first played for Lancashire as a 17-year-old and, three years later, for England in 1998 against South Africa, when he was voted Young Cricketer of the Year. By August 2004, he had already won 38 Test caps and played in 74 limited-overs internationals.