Andrew Flintoff
Stuart Broad (left) showcasing his boxing skills with Andrew Flintoff Getty Images

Jan 18, 2015

Former English cricketer Andrew Flintoff joined the England team for a practice session at The Gabba, Brisbane, where England were training ahead of their second match in the ongoing tri-series also featuring India and Australia. The Lancashire all-rounder was seen in full England gear for the first time since his retirement in 2009.

According to a report in, Flintoff, who is currently in Australia to play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, was invited by English coach Peter Moores to spend some time with the team. Incidentally, Flintoff was Lancashire’s star player while Moores was coach of the county.

Flintoff spent time with the team, engaging in some friendly sparring with the players. Flintoff, who had a brief boxing career after retiring from cricket, showed off his moves and coached the English players in the sport in what proved to be a light-hearted training session.

Flintoff was one of England’s most popular cricketers, well-loved by the public and his teammates alike. He was the hero of England’s Ashes 2005-winning campaign, repeatedly bailing England out with the bat and taking crucial wickets as well. He also briefly led England, but his captaincy stint was not as successful.