Why England cricket Board didn’t take Andrew Flintoff’s coaching application seriously

Andrew Flintoff, who retired from competitive cricket following England’s Ashes triumph in 2009, has said the England and Wales Cricket Board did not respond to his email on coaches application as they thought it was not him.

cricket Updated: Jan 16, 2018 19:07 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Andrew Flintoff has expressed his desire to be coach of the England cricket team after Trevor Bayliss steps down after the 2019 Ashes. (Getty Images)

With current England cricket team coach Trevor Bayliss making it clear that he would leave his job following the 2019 Ashes, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has jumped in the race to coach the national side.

The former all-rounder also admitted that the ECB didn’t reply to his e-mails thinking the mails had not been sent by him.

“I thought you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it, so I thought that I would have a crack at this, I wrote an email, three weeks past and no reply. (I found out) the ECB thought it wasn’t me despite me having one email all my life,” he added.

Flintoff, a world-class all-rounder who is best remembered for orchestrating England’s historic Ashes triumph in 2005, made his wish of coaching the England side public on his podcast ‘Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy’.

“I’m talking with my heart, yes (I’ll apply), I want to do it one day … if they want me to do it, I’ll do it,” Flintoff said.

This would be the second instance of Flintoff throwing his hat in for the job of England coach. He had applied for the post in 2014 too when Peter Moores’ was re-appointed as the England coach.

“We spoke about it and I was serious, but I had to think if I’d be better than the person they’re choosing. I knew I wouldn’t be better than Peter Moores, so after a half an hour conversation I withdrew, but also said if Moores doesn’t get it, put me back in the hat,” he said during the show.

Flintoff, who has been raising awareness about mental health since his retirement from international cricket in 2009, also spoke on the need of making mental toughness a priority.

“A coach’s job now is to get players feeling the best they can be to perform, as a coach or mentor, that’d be my greatest asset. When I look back now, I should’ve spent more time on my head, I spent all the time in the gym and practicing, but I should’ve spent more time focusing on my mind,” the 40-year-old former cricketer said.

Flintoff was all praise for current Australian bowling quartet of Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Lyon, who tormented England in the recently concluded Ashes series Down Under with each of them taking more than 20 wickets in the series.

“As a unit, they’ve got the best. You’ve got (Mitchell) Starc who bowls fast left-arm. (Josh) Hazlewood surprised me so much, he was the fastest of the lot of them and was bowling at 150kph. You had (Pat) Cummins who I didn’t think was good, who was good. Then you had the spinner (Nathan) Lyon, so as an attack it’s as good as you’ll face,” he said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 15:59 IST