Andrew Flintoff was the star in 2005 when England won the Ashes, however the talismanic all-rounder has missed a lot of Test cricket recently, but is raring to go for the first Ashes Test. Speaking to Cricket World TV he said:
“Hopefully the nation will come out and support us, I’m sure they will and we can get a buzz about cricket again,” Flintoff told Cricket World TV.
With new names in both side this year, it will be interesting for fans and players alike to see how this new crop of stars will perform alongside some of the elder statesmen of the teams. Flintoff believes that it is good for the youngsters to have the likes of Ricky Ponting and Kevin Pietersen behind them to give them confidence to go and express themselves:
“If you look at both sides, they’re filled with talent," he added.
“It’ll be interesting to see how the younger players go, but also the old heads, the likes of (Ricky) Ponting for them and (Kevin) Pietersen for us.”
Nerves have been growing inside every cricket supporter over the last few weeks, but Flintoff revealed that is only when he reminisces about the matches that he realizes just how tense those moments were:
“I think it’s probably the best place to be out on the field,” he said.
“I think you feel it more in the dressing room or in the stands, I think it’s when you take a step back and take it all in and you realize it was pretty high pressure stuff."
Flintoff famously captained the ill-fated 2006/07 tour to Australia when England were humbled and lost 5-0. He knows how it feels to both win and lose the Ashes so is aiming to purely enjoy the cricket when it begins this summer.
“I’ve experienced both sides of the Ashes, winning and losing them. The one thing for me is that I’ve missed a lot of cricket recently, so I’m just going to enjoy myself, and I play my best cricket when I do that.”
The all-rounder has missed a lot of Test cricket recently with injury, but he assured his fans that everything is on track after his latest injury setback.
“I’ve done seven weeks hard work, and I feel great," he confirmed.
“Hopefully the injuries are behind me and I can play some regular cricket, injury and pain free.”
So with all the media hype finished and all the pre match speculation over, it is time for England and Australia to commence their battle in the Ashes 2009.
© Cricket World 2009