- Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has been named the head coach of a major cricket side
- It follows his car crash while filming Top Gear that left him with serious injuries
Andrew Flintoff will take the biggest step yet in his return to cricket after being named the head coach for the Northern Superchargers in next summer’s Hundred.
The hero of England’s famous 2005 Ashes triumph has been making a gradual return to the sport that made his name after the car crash earlier this year while filming BBC’s Top Gear that left him with serious injuries.
Flintoff first emerged as an unpaid mentor with the England one-day side in their limited-overs series against New Zealand last summer after watching three Ashes Tests incognito at the invitation of his close friend and managing director of England cricket Rob Key.
Such was the impact made by ‘Freddie’ that he stayed on for the 50-over series against Ireland that completed the summer and on Thursday he will travel to Abu Dhabi as a consultant on the Lions red-ball practice tour.
Now comes the biggest move yet for Flintoff as he is set to replace James Foster as the coach of the Leeds-based team in the ECB’s 100-ball competition. Kyle Hogg, who appeared with Flintoff on the BBC cricket documentary Field of Dreams, will be his assistant.
Andrew Flintoff has been named the new head coach of the Northern Superchargers after impressing while working with the England men’s senior side earlier this year
Flintoff’s gradual return to the sport comes following his serious crash filming on Top Gear
He is set to replace James Foster as the coach of the Leeds-based team in the ECB’s 100-ball competition (Harry Brook pictured for the Superchargers back in August)
Flintoff will be tasked with turning the Superchargers’ fortunes around after they finished bottom of the men’s table this year having won just two of their eight matches.
He will have plenty of talent to work with, as the Superchargers have Harry Brook in their ranks who is widely regarded as English cricket’s best young player.
Key has been instrumental in the return of Flintoff to cricket and told Mail Sport last summer that he regularly turns to his old England team-mate for advice, such is the high regard Flintoff is held in the ECB offices of power.
The Lancastrian has now turned his back on television following his recovery from the horror crash but may film a second season of Field of Dreams which is close to its heart as it featured him forming a cricket team from a group of teenagers in his home town of Preston.