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Flintoff relishing time back home with Corey

"I've been looking forward to this since the moment he was born. It's just fantastic to hold him in my arms," the dashing allrounder.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2006 17:37 IST

The heady, tingling feel of success still fresh, England skipper Andrew Flintoff relished another glorious moment when he held his new-born baby for the first time on Thursday.

"I've been looking forward to this since the moment he was born. It's just fantastic to hold him in my arms," the dashing England allrounder said while cradling the tiny baby in his arms after jetting 11,200 kms to see the new arrival.

Just a day before, the country's cricket hero was holding aloft man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series trophies after leading England to a 212-run victory in the third and final Test against India in Mumbai.

This was England's first Test win on Indian soil in 21 years and Flintoff cut short the celebrations to fly back home to be with his wife Rachael who had given birth to Corey two weeks ago.

Flintoff, 28, was leading the side in Mohali in the second Test when Corey was born.

And the all-rounder said missing the birth was "all worthwhile" after the victory in Mumbai, which critics hailed as one of England's greatest.

"Rachael wanted me to do it as well. And the sacrifice seems worth it, even more when you win a great match like this. I really wanted to captain my country and I may not get the chance again. I'm glad I did it and it's something I've really enjoyed."

Flintoff will stay in the UK for three more days before jetting back to India for the seven-match one-day series.

First Published: Mar 24, 2006 17:37 IST