Adieu cricket? Flintoff off to rock

The all-rounder and Ashes hero is willing to give up cricket for singing.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2005 11:39 IST

In what should be music to the ears of his rivals, literally, England star Andrew Flintoff is willing to give up cricket for singing!

After crooning Tom Jones and Elton John hits in dressing rooms all over the world, the champion all-rounder has started taking singing lessons and is even on the verge of recording 'a Freddie Flintoff single'.

Even more startling is the revelation that Flintoff has told his new singing teacher that he would "gladly give up cricket to sing professionally", The Telegraph reported.

Flintoff's vocal coach is Jon Christos, a rising opera star who was approached by the cricketer after performing at a charity ball in Manchester three weeks ago.

"He actually came up to me to congratulate me on my performance and we got chatting. We're both Manchester City footy fans and we just got on," the tenor was quoted as saying by the paper.

"I told him it should be me congratulating him on his success in winning the Ashes, but he said he would trade it all in to do what I do."

"I told him, 'You're the hero of the country right now - why would you want to do that?' But he's very passionate about singing, so I said let's get together. He's a big karaoke man and he loves crooning."

The pair will meet up in Christos's recording studio later this month after Flintoff returns from Melbourne where he represented World XI in the Super Series against Australia.

"He's going to come over as soon as he gets back and by that time I will have prepared him a couple of tracks and we'll get to work," said Christos.

First Published: Oct 10, 2005 11:39 IST