English cricket has long sought an Ian Botham replacement. They tried, tried and tried but never quite found him. So, of course, when Fred arrived, the media were quick to label him The New Botham. Happily, I don’t think this will happen again from now on. Andrew Flintoff is now, purely, Andrew Flintoff, as he himself mentions – and as Gideon Haigh makes note of rather more elegantly than I am here. (in his Saturday August 6 diary entry).
To mirror Gideon’s words, Botham is the old Flintoff.