Andrew Flintoff first started playing cricket at Dutton Fawshaw CC. His first representative cricket game was for the Lancashire U11 team, where he continued up the ranks within Lancashire, making his first class debut in 1995.
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Andrew Flintoff first started playing cricket at Dutton Fawshaw CC. His first representative cricket game was for the Lancashire U11 team, where he continued up the ranks within Lancashire, making his first class debut in 1995. Known for hitting the ball harder than any other cricketer, helped by his height of 6’4″ he was also able to bowl, accurately, at 90mph. Inevitable international honours came along when he made his Test match debut in 1998 versus South Africa. His One Day International debut then followed in 1999 versus Pakistan.Andrew made his biggest impact for England in the summer of 2005, when he played a major role in regaining the Ashes from Australia. His contributions were legendary, and won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In September 2010, with his status as one of the biggest players in the game, Flintoff retired from cricket due to a recurring knee injury.
Since retiring from cricket Andrew has developed a strong, credible career in broadcast. In March 2010, Flintoff became a team captain along with Jamie Redknapp on the Sky1 television sports panel show ‘A League of Their Own’. The show has been a huge success, developing a strong fan base and having just completed a 4th series. ITV2 also produced the successful ‘Freddie vs. the World’, a programme in which he went head to head with some of the worlds sporting greats in a variety of daring challenges across the globe.
Always ready for a challenge, Andrew joined the team at Discovery UK in 2011 to produce the documentary ‘Alone in the Wild’. He was completely isolated without any aid, help or production team, making his way through the wilderness with only a handheld camera to record footage. In a busy 2011, he also presented his own radio show throughout the summer for Five Live ‘Freddie’s world of Sport’. Andrew is kicking off 2012 with a new documentary for BBC1 with ‘The Hidden side of Sport’. The documentary takes an insightful look at illness within Sport and how it is dealt with; featuring some fantastic contributors such a Piers Morgan, Vinnie Jones and Ricky Hatton.
As well as carving out a solid TV career since retiring, Andrew has also fronted campaigns for brands such as Morrison’s and featured in a hugely successful succession of TV commercials for the chain. He has also developed a partnership with clothing brand Jacamo which will see him launch his own ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’ range with the JD Williams Company this year.
In addition to his media career, Freddie is committed to his children’s charity the AF Foundation which he set up with his wife Rachael in July 2009. The charity aims to raise funds to build, develop and improve Child Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Units throughout the UK. Later this year Andrew will cycle from Greece to London to raise money for the foundation.
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