Freddie's 10 sec of madness
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Freddie's 10 sec of madness

Four years ago, Flintoff removed his T-shirt and waved it after England beat India in the sixth ODI.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 16:02 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan

The last time Andrew Flintoff was in Mumbai, he removed his T-shirt and waved it frenetically after England beat India in the sixth and final one-dayer at the Wankhede Stadium after levelling the series 3-3. Four years hence, the 29-year-old has become more matured and promised he would not repeat that act. "I think I had 10 seconds of madness," he said on Friday about his stunt.

Flintoff has undergone a major transformation in life after his experience in international cricket and is a very committed family man. "Your focus changes from just going out and playing cricket," he said. "I am enjoying it. You are playing for your family as well. You are playing to provide their livelihood. Either good days or bad days on the field, you still go home and your family treats you exactly the same. Cricket is a game, but there are far more things in life. I am enjoying being with my family and the added responsibility."

The Lancashire all-rounder, to show his commitment to his family, will go home after the second Test to be with his wife, who is expecting their second child, thereby giving the third Test in Mumbai from March 18 a miss.

England begin their tour of India with a three-day practice match against the Cricket Club of India President's XI beginning on Saturday. This is an extension of the nets where all the batsmen will bat and all the bowlers will bowl. The match is not a first class fixture.

"We have not been here for long. We have practiced hard on Thursday. We had a light practice going into the match. It is a case of the batters and the bowlers getting into their rhythm, to get them used to playing in the Indian conditions. Every team member will want to perform well. At this stage, it is more about the batters spending more time in the middle and the bowlers getting a few miles in their legs and a few overs under their belts. It is an extension of the practice but we will be trying harder," he said.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 16:02 IST