Freddie Flintoff is a champion: Graeme Swann

Andrew Flintoff retired from International cricket in September 2010 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Oct 10, 2011

England off-spinner Graeme Swann has described former all-rounder Andrew Flintoff as an undisputed champion.

Recalling one incident in his autobiography titled ‘The Breaks Are Off, My Autobiography‘, Swann revealed how Flintoff showed his physical prowess one night during a tour of Zimbabwe in 1999.

“A rugby team was having an underpants party in a bar in Harare while getting merrily bladdered. They all sported briefs and nothing else, so Fred debagged one of them and gave a thumbs-up to signify the playful nature of his action. Taking it in good spirit, this lad turned around with a smile and went to high-five Fred.

“But Steve Harmison caught a glimpse of a raised hand and got the wrong end of the stick. To a Geordie, once arms are raised, it’s dust-up time, so he waded in. Suddenly, it all kicked off. Before we knew it, the manager herded us all outside and roared: “Don’t fight in my bar,” said Swann.

“Outside on the lawn, nobody in our team really wanted to fight whereas the rugby lads seemed considerably more keen. Thankfully, Fred put an end to it. As a pair of rugby players came at him, he managed to grab them both, secure them in headlocks and sit back down on the grass without loosening his grip. Now then,” he said.

“Who else wants a row with Uncle Freddie?” Nobody did, it seemed, and we were soon all drinking beer together,” Swann added.