Andrew Flintoff launches verbal attack on Michael Atherton.posted under: England | All news
|Former England captain, vice-captain and all-rounder Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff launched a stinging attack on his former team-mate Michael Atherton, going pretty expletive with his words.
Michael Atherton, a former captain himself, has built up a reputation as a respected commentator, journalist and broadcaster since retiring from cricket in 2002. He has also won numerous awards for his writing.
Clearly affected by Atherton’s criticism of current cricket captain Alastair cook, apart from their turbulent history, Flintoff lost it and went all out, speaking to a journalist for a local newspaper at a SKY TV dinner, calling Atherton a “prick”.
“He's a prick,” said Flintoff.
“He's a f*****g prick. He sits there making judgments about players that are much better than he ever was, believe me, he's a prick.
“How can he talk about a player like Alastair Cook who is 10 times the player he ever was – he has a much bigger average and will go on and on. Atherton averaged in the 30s for England and yet he thinks he can judge others.”
Flintoff was then asked if he wanted the strong words to be taken as off the record and was quoted saying: “I don't care. Say what you like. There's no love lost there.”
Atherton had criticized Alastair Cook last year for a lack of dynamism with the bat, and has since retracted his comments after the skipper’s form improved ten-fold.
His already shaky relationship with Flintoff when they played together flew off the rocks in 2006 when he wrote in The Telegraph: “The only positive benefit of the injury to Flintoff may be the end of his immediate captaincy ambitions.
"I don't subscribe to the view that England's underperformance against Sri Lanka was entirely down to Flintoff's captaincy but equally I have never subscribed to the view that he is the man for the job.”
Judging by Flintoff’s reaction, he has waited for the right moment for quite some time now to get things off his chest, and boy, did he ever.