Strauss and Morris laud Flintoff
England captain Andrew Strauss and the ECB’s managing director – England Cricket, Hugh Morris, paid tribute to the former England and Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who announced his retirement from all cricket today.
Flintoff, who played 79 Tests and 141 one-day internationals for England and also captained his country, made his decision after consultation with his medical advisers yesterday.
The 32-year-old has been unable to resume his playing career since undergoing knee surgery last autumn following England’s Ashes triumph over Australia.
Strauss said: “I would just like to say on behalf of the England team that we would like to congratulate Andrew on an outstanding career. The impact he has had on English cricket has been immense.
“Of course, it is a sad day when somebody like that can no longer keep playing. But we would prefer today to celebrate everything he has achieved as an England cricketer.
“The biggest memories I will have of him are how incredibly able he was to make something happen out of nothing with both bat and ball.
“2005 was his zenith. But he was always the ultimate impact cricketer, somebody who on so many occasions stepped up to the plate.”
Morris said: “Andrew Flintoff was one of the most naturally gifted cricketers ever to wear an England shirt and he will forever be associated with England’s double Ashes triumphs in 2005 and 2009.
“Andrew always gave everything on the field and his will to win and hugely competitive spirit endeared him to millions of England cricket fans nationwide.
“On behalf of the England team and ECB, I would like to send him best wishes for his retirement and thanks for the enormous contribution he made to a successful England team.”