Flintoff: a player with ‘a great sense of fun’

Watching the highlights of The Oval in The Ashes DVD set, Mark Nicholas said of Andrew Flintoff “…huge personality, a great sense of fun, with an ability that almost defies belief.” The bit about his ability is slightly over the top, but his remark about Flintoff’s obvious sense of fun is interesting (and correct). It is perhaps this, more than simply his skill, which endears him to the public: he loves what he does. Fielding, catching, bowling and batting – he loves it, and does it with a big, broad, Lancastrian smile. He’s a bloody legend. You can tell I’ve loved watching the highlights all over again. Aussies: be warned, they’ll make you weep.

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