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My favourite game: England v Australia, Fifth Test, the Oval 2009

Andrew Flintoff had struggled through his final Test but then he ran out Ricky Ponting and it provided a memory for the agesI was a relative latecomer to Test cricket. The 2005 Ashes kickstarted it all; the summer of Michael Vaughan’s heroes coincided …

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Buy a classic sport photograph: Freddie’s humble handshake

The sixth of a new Guardian Print Shop series featuring classic sports images from the likes of Gerry Cranham, Mark Leech and Tom Jenkins – yours to own for just £55 including free deliveryDubbed ‘The Greatest Test’ – at least until Ben Stokes’ heroics…

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Andrew Flintoff says time for cricket pundits to lay off Alex Hales

• Former England captain thinks criticism has gone too far• Hales lost World Cup place after ban for recreational drug useAndrew Flintoff has criticised members of the cricket commentariat who have rushed to condemn Alex Hales since he was dropped from…

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Andrew Flintoff elected president of Professional Cricketers’ Association

• Ashes-winning former England all-rounder succeeds David Lloyd
• ‘This is a huge honour, especially as it is golden jubilee of PCA in 2017’

Andrew Flintoff, the Ashes-winning former England all-rounder turned television personality, has been elected the president of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.

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Andrew Flintoff bowls Ricky Ponting out three times at charity match – video

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff, 38, bowls out ex-Australian captain Ricky Ponting, 40, three times in three balls. Ten years after England’s famous Ashes victory, the two rivals came head-to-head at a Ponting Foundation charity match in Melbourne on Tuesday

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Andrew Flintoff bowls Ricky Ponting out three times at charity match – video

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff, 38, bowls out ex-Australian captain Ricky Ponting, 40, three times in three balls. Ten years after England’s famous Ashes victory, the two rivals came head-to-head at a Ponting Foundation charity match in Melbourne on Tuesday

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Our favourite things online this week: from Andrew Flintoff to Conor McGregor

Featuring the golf courses of St Andrews, the biggest fighter in UFC, David Walsh on Jonny Wilkinson, the return of the Premier League and some Elvis Presley

If Andrew Flintoff had to spend the rest of his days on a desert island with only one song for company, he would choose I Just Can’t Help Believing by Elvis Presley. (Flintoff isn’t a fan of the “bump bump” music the younger cricketers play in the changing room.) In other news, this is how he motivated his England team to victory against India in 2006:

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Andrew Flintoff says giving up alcohol has helped his battle against depression

• Ex-England player says 2007 pedalo incident revealed drinking problem
• ‘Drinking doesn’t help me one bit. I don’t touch it now’

The former England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff, whose image as a fun-loving, heavy drinker was sealed by his animated victory celebrations, has opened up about now being teetotal as part of his battle with depression.

Related: England v Australia 2005: what Jos Buttler saw as a lad inspired a nation | Vic Marks

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Andrew Flintoff unlikely to play for Lancashire this season – Ashley Giles

• Head coach has not heard from 37-year-old former England captain
• Giles: ‘if I was hedging my bets I would say no, he won’t play a role’
• Flintoff calls on country to lay off England Test captain Cook

Andrew Flintoff is unlikely to play for Lancashire this season, according to the county’s head coach, Ashley Giles.

Flintoff made a surprise return for Lancashire last season, almost helping the Red Rose county to victory in the Natwest T20 Blast final, having spent the previous four years in retirement, and subsequently signed to play for Brisbane Heat in Australia’s Big Bash League.

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Steve Harmison goes from Ashes to Ashington as football manager

• Former England Test bowler moves into football management
• Harmison was a central defender for Ashington as a teenager

The former England cricketer Steve Harmison has been named as the surprise manager of the Northern League Division One side Ashington.

The two-time Ashes winner, who played 63 Tests and 58 one-day internationals for his country, will take charge of his hometown club, which sits in the ninth tier of English football, alongside the head coach, Lee Skinner, and Lee Anderson.

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Steven Finn evolves from ‘unselectable’ to match winner against India

• Finn: ‘It’s just nice to help England win a game of cricket’
• Andrew Flintoff offered Finn words of advice beforehand
• England swat aside world champions India in Tri-Series
Read Tom Bryant and John Ashdown’s over-by-over report

Steven Finn has admitted his nightmare Ashes tour last winter left him doubting his international future after his maiden five-wicket haul set up a nine-wicket Tri-Series victory for England against world champions India on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old’s match-winning performance at the Gabba came a year after he was sent home from Brisbane and branded “unselectable” by Ashley Giles, then England’s limited-overs coach.

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Andrew Flintoff helps out England in net session at the Gabba

• Former captain takes part in practice and talks to bowlers
• Peter Moores says he will ask for more former players’ input
• Ballance a doubt for rest of Tri-Series after breaking finger
• Morgan century cannot save England in series opener

Peter Moores, the England coach, has confirmed he will be seeking the involvement of more former players in future after Andrew Flintoff joined the squad for practice at the Gabba before their second Tri-Series match against India.

Flintoff, hero of England’s 2005 Ashes series win, spent the afternoon with the team after flying in from Sydney, where he played for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League on Saturday night.

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Andrew Flintoff to meet up with England team during nets in Brisbane

• Former England captain will join team at practice session
• Flintoff expected to address the squad but active participation uncertain
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Sydney Sixers end Brisbane Heat’s Big Bash finals hopes

  • Sixers post comfortable six-wicket victory in Brisbane
  • Andrew Flintoff’s entertaining 46 from 32 balls in vain

The Sydney Sixers ended Brisbane Heat’s hopes of sneaking into the Big Bash League finals after a comfortable six-wicket victory with 14 balls to spare at the Gabba.

The Sixers got off to a flying start in their pursuit of the Heat’s competitive total of 6-147, racing to 1-64 at the end of their power play with Michael Lumb and Riki Wessels looking particularly dangerous.

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Stephen Parry to join Andrew Flintoff at Brisbane Heat in Big Bash

• Parry replaces Daniel Vettori in Brisbane squad
• 28-year-old available to make debut on Sunday
• Pietersen’s Big Bash biff leaves Flintoff gasping

Stephen Parry is to join his Lancashire team-mate Andrew Flintoff at Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League. Parry, 28, who has made two one-day and three Twenty20 international appearances for England this year, will replace fellow left arm spinner Daniel Vettori in the Brisbane squad.

The Lancashire cricket director and head coach, Ashley Giles, said: “This is a good move for Stephen who will gain valuable experience playing in such a high profile competition.”

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Kevin Pietersen’s Big Bash biff leaves Andrew Flintoff gasping

• Pietersen steers Melbourne Stars to win over Sydney Sixers
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Andrew Flintoff makes a duck on debut in Australia’s Big Bash

• Former England all-rounder makes three-ball duck for Brisbane Heat
• New England ODI captain Eoin Morgan on winning Sydney Thunder side
• Flintoff asks ECB to explain Kevin Pietersen’s sacking
Andrew Strauss condemns ECB treatment of Alastair Cook

Andrew Flintoff made an inauspicious start to life in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20, as his Brisbane Heat side were convincingly beaten by the Sydney Thunder.

The 37-year-old Flintoff, who made a comeback this year after initially retiring from all forms of cricket in 2010, went for 25 runs in two wicketless overs, then when his turn to bat came was caught on the boundary for a duck, staying at the crease for just three balls.

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The Agenda: Seeds of discontent for Liverpool before Europa League draw

The Anfield club will hope their poor performance in the Champions League does not count against them on Monday

Liverpool’s “reward” for finishing third in their Champions League group will be to enter the Europa League, though as one of the four worst performing third-placed teams they will not be seeded. The same goes for Tottenham, whose defeat by Besiktas forced them to settle for second in Group C and meant they risk a last-32 tie against – among others – Internazionale, Napoli or Fiorentina. Everton, on the other hand, are seeded after finishing top of Group H and possible opponents include the French Cup winners Guingamp, who come from a town of 7,500. he draw, not it must be hoped as labyrinthine as the tournament itself, is at noon tomorrow.

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Andrew Flintoff helps out England in net session in Brisbane

• Former captain takes part in practice and talks to bowlers
• Peter Moores says he will ask for more former players’ input
• Ballance a doubt for rest of Tri-Series after breaking finger
• Morgan century can’t save England in series opener

Peter Moores, the England coach, confirmed he would be seeking the involvement of more former players in future after Andrew Flintoff joined the squad for practice in Brisbane on Sunday.

Flintoff, the hero of England’s 2005 Ashes series win, spent the afternoon with the team at the Gabba after flying in from Sydney, where he played for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League on Saturday night.

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Andrew Flintoff signs up for Australias Big Bash with Brisbane Heat

36-year-old to continue playing return in Australia Flintoff to play for Brisbane in latter half of season Flintoff will thrive in Big Bash, says Stuart Law Continue reading…