Andrew Flintoff was England's hero in the Ashes 2005 © Getty Images
Andrew Flintoff was England’s hero in the Ashes 2005 © Getty Images

Melbourne: Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has revealed his biggest mistake he had committed in the sledging department during his playing days. The 38-year-old, who was commentating during Australia domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) season, disclosed that he had directed his worst sledge towards Shoaib Akhtar, accusing the then fastest bowler on the planet as looking like Tarzan and bowling like Jane. Flintoff further said that his remarks had antagonised the former Pakistan speedster so much that he ended up bowling faster and eventually got him out, News.com.au reported. READ: Andrew Flintoff: England cheated to win Ashes 2005

Akhtar, who has the world’s fastest delivery to his name by clocking 161.3 km/h against England during the 2003 World Cup, was capable of scaring even the most accomplished batsmen.

Flintoff, who was England’s best performer in Ashes 2005 admitted that England cheated during the series. Although his comment was met with laughter, Flintoff admitted that it was against the rules and spirit of cricket when England used substitute fielders illegally during the series. He was reflecting on the work of England substitute Gary Pratt, who ran Australian captain Ricky Ponting out with a direct hit in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge. READ: Andrew Flintoff: IPL did not give me adrenaline rush

Flintoff also revealed that he felt a lack of drive in his bid to excel in the Indian Preimer League (IPL) due the absence of “emotional attachment”. The burly all-rounder was picked for a whopping $1.5 million by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the 2009 edition when the Englishman played only three matches before returning home with an injury. He said that even though he earned a lot of money, he was not able to relate to the IPL because of the lack of any adrenaline rush.