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Flintoff hits out at Atherton

2012-06-21 16:14

Cape Town - The English cricket community is abuzz after former player Andrew Flintoff lashed out at another former player and captain Michael Atherton.

According to the London Evening Standard, Flintoff was not mincing his words at the Sky TV party at The Oxo Tower in London on Tuesday night.

Flintoff lashed out at Atherton when he was asked what he thinks of the now Sky TV and Times journalist.

“He’s  a p***k,” said Flintoff. “He’s a f*****g p***k,".

“He sits there making judgments about players that are much better than he ever was, believe me, he’s a p***k.

“How can he talk about a player like [current England opening batsman] 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.”

Atherton has in the past questioned Flintoff's greatness as a cricketer.

In 2006 Atherton 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.”

Sport24

Comments
  • Rudi - 2012-06-21 16:28

    Love it :-) Stir each other up poms..........

      benn.sadie - 2012-06-21 17:21

      Australian joke- "What would Glen Mc Grath have been if he had been a pom? " ANSWER "An Allrounder!"

  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-06-21 16:48

    Well said Freddie

  • thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-06-21 16:52

    Flintoff is over-rated - his batting average was worse than Pollock's (Shaun) and his bowling average the same as Kallis'... A great allrounder needs to be world class in at least one of the two disciplines. Pollock was a world class bowler and competent batsman, Kallis is a competent bowler and world class batsman... Look at Flintoff's stats - he was a competent batsman and a competent bowler... Once in a while he performed exceptionally, but his career stats are pretty mediocre...

      benlloyd.roth - 2012-06-22 08:16

      yes, but he does have his own TV show... i met atherton once and his not a friendly guy, so i tend to agree with flintoff.

      alan.yates.18007 - 2012-06-22 09:29

      I completely agree with your comments. However, it was not Flintoff's fault that he was over-rated, but he certainly was. So often he was expected to deliver - but didn't. And it shows in his career statistics. Would he get into the current England test team? I can't imagine who he would replace.

  • Lara - 2012-06-21 16:53

    Captain Morgan, smack him with your left hook.

  • thamsanqag - 2012-06-21 16:55

    We will give the Poms another reasons to fight against each other after the Test series. Struass' captaincy will be under criticism again as it happened to Vuaghan the last time we were there. Their journalists will put them under pressure as they always do

  • Mike - 2012-06-22 14:45

    "Flintoff was not mincing his words at the Sky TV party at The Oxo Tower in London on Tuesday night." I bet Fred had had more than a couple!

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