Flintoff broke into the England ranks shortly before the last World Cup.india Updated: Jan 30, 2003 00:01 IST
Flintoff broke into the England ranks shortly before the last World Cup.
He came in with a big reputation and was immediately hailed as the "New Ian Botham".
Like many before him, he failed to live up to that billing and, despite playing in all England's matches had little success, finished with 15 runs and two wickets.
He has since figured prominently on successive winter tours and after shedding excess pounds he has finally shown glimpses of his true form.
Injury hampered his progress in late 2002 and, although he went out to went out to Australia, Flintoff was unable to take part in the Ashes tour - however, he promises to be fit in time for the World Cup.
The 25-year-old hits the ball like the proverbial "kicking horse", scores quickly and weighs in with his fair share of wickets from some whole-hearted bowling.