Cullinan: Flintoff is a has-been

2015-01-23 07:26

Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Daryll Cullinan has hit back at Andrew Flintoff after the former England all-rounder said the South African was the worst sledger he had ever played cricket against.

Flintoff - fresh from his T20 Big Bash League stint with Brisbane Heat in Australia - believes today's on-field banter pales in insignificance to when he started playing professionally in the 1990s.

Speaking to BBC Sport earlier this week, Flintoff said: "Twenty years ago, sledging was 10 times worse. Now, with stump microphones and cameras all over, everything gets picked up.

"One of the first Test matches I played against South Africa, there was one fella ... he was the worst I have ever come across - Daryll Cullinan.

"He was horrible. I was only young... the words he called me, I didn't even know what they meant.

"He just went at me and I don't think there's any place for that in any sport or any society."

But Cullinan hit back strongly on Thursday in an interview with CapeTalk567.

“What he said about there’s no place in sport like that, I think he has embellished the story a bit too much. I think he’s typical of a has-been at the moment. He’s trying to stay in the limelight, travelling around the world and I think someone should just sit him down and just say to him he’s being quite a cricket comic quite frankly,” said Cullinan.

“If I wanted to say something to him I would have said it to him in English. The only other language I’m fluent in is Afrikaans, so you certainly don’t want to sledge or say something to them in a language they don’t understand. Anyway that’s his opinion. I think he’s just embellished the whole thing, which Flintoff is about these days.”

Cullinan, 47, played 70 Tests for South Africa, scoring 4 554 runs at an average of 44.21. He also played 138 ODIs, scoring 3 860 runs at an average of 32.99.

Cullinan continued by saying he can’t remember exactly what he had told Flintoff.

“You’re asking me about something 19 years ago. What’s the point in having something to say about it. I think he’s looking for attention quite frankly.”

‘What he said about there’s no place in sport like that, I think he has embellished the story a bit too much. I think he’s typical of a hasbeen at the moment. He’s trying to stay in the limelight, travelling around the world and I think someone should just sit him down and just say to him he’s being quite a cricket comic quite frankly,’ - See more at:


  • Squad Dron - 2015-01-23 07:46

    How rich coming from Cullinan - the biggest "has-been" and dooche of all! Hell, Cullinan has been a "has-been" since he became the biggest Shane Warne bunny ever.

      Mario Kleynhans - 2015-01-23 09:10

      Go look at his record

      Focus Nothecar - 2015-01-23 09:18

      He was the youngest South African to score a first class century, at the age of 16. He also achieved the highest first-class score in domestic South African cricket at the time, scoring 337 not out. His highest Test score was 275 which was a South African record at the time (as of 2012 the highest score by a South African in tests is 311 not out by Hashim Amla versus England). I wonder who is the douche here Squad Dron??

      Craig Shaun Henry - 2015-01-23 09:19

      For every batsman there is a bowler that has their number. It was only because the aussies are such loudmouth hooligans that it became news to the less informed cricket viewers.

      John van Rensburg - 2015-01-23 11:06

      SD, I think Freddy is looking for attention. Why did he have to make these remarks now at this time when the ICC have announced that they will be controlling sledging a lot more in the WC? Was it really necessary from Flintoff? Who cares what was said or done by DC at the time? At least it seems to have served Freddy well if one takes into account his sledging over the years as well. At least the guys played good hard cricket & were in each other's faces if they wanted to say something. Not like this cricket-ballet behaviour they are trying to instill into the game now.

  • Bradley Duncan - 2015-01-23 07:46

    Cullinan, you forget your past do you? C'mon, you're not that old yet. I remember watching your first test you played against Australia and you were mouthing off like a 12 year old school girl at a cat fight. Non-stop!!!!! Shane Warne, your mate apparently, summed up your chirping when he was interviewed by Dr Ali Bacher a few years back. It went something like this, "There was this new guy, Cullinan, and he was chirping non stop during that test and we were like who the hell does this young guy think he is?" Truth of the matter is Flinty is right, sledging was worse back then. The great one liner chirps all came from the 90's. Instead of talking cr@p against a former competitor of your, be accountable for your actions.

      Petrus LeRoux - 2015-01-23 08:07

      Shane to Darryl. ..waiting for two years to bowl at you again....Darryl...seems you spent the time eating.. top ten best chirp ever, Darryl made Warne his beaatch, even if he couldn't play him cricket wise

      Mario Kleynhans - 2015-01-23 09:14

      In 12 test innings Warne got him only 3 times. Only a bunny in the media

      Richard Barnes - 2015-01-24 09:07

      Apparently Warne got Cullinan 12 times in 29 matches if you include ODIs. Warne's real SA bunny was Ashwell Prince. He got Ashwell 11 times in 9 Tests including eight dismissals in a row, albeit spread over two series. That is a world record for consecutive Test dismissals by the same bowler. SA got some measure of revenge, though. Matty Hayden was dismissed in Tests seven times in a row by Makhaya Ntini. And Warne himself was Daniel Vettori's bunny, being dismissed by the Kiwi in six consecutive Test innings. Ashwell's infamous eight: 2nd innings, Newlands, 2002: c Ponting b Warne 20 1st innings, Durban, 2002: c Lee b Warne 0 2nd innings: c M Waugh b Warne 48 1st innings, Perth, 2005: lbw Warne 28 2nd innings: lbw Warne 8 1st innings, MCG, 2005: c Ponting b Warne 6 2nd innings: c Hayden b Warne 26 1st innings, SCG, 2006: lbw Warne 119 and the streak ends: 2nd innings, SCG: c Ponting b MacGill 18

  • No Guilt - 2015-01-23 07:51

    please come and chirp quotas bavuma and behardien into early retirement!

      George Slade - 2015-01-23 08:07

      I,d already forgotten abt Bavuma till u mentioned him !!! BEEHardien : The less said the better .

      Petrus LeRoux - 2015-01-23 08:10

      Oh shut up, these guys have talent, they should also get plenty time like others to step up. Remember what was said about our national captain when he started test cricket. ..and then again before he played one day cricket....and and...

      Stefan Klintworth - 2015-01-23 08:17

      Bavuma just got a century for Sa A and he's a ridiculously good fielder so stop whining about quotas and give him a chance.

      Duncan Milne - 2015-01-23 08:28

      Dane Vilas, 1st class average 42. Bavuma, 1st class average 36...he was definitely the best choice then....

      No Guilt - 2015-01-23 09:04

      bavuma can't field .. remember when his own team mate shook their heads and laughed at him when he drop the catch vs the boks ... he doesn't look comfortable vs the short ball..quota joke

      Petrus LeRoux - 2015-01-23 09:28

      Bavuma can't field?, go check again dude, especially when he is at silly point and short leg. And yes, his technique with the short ball is suspect currently, but can be adressed. Tell me, did you spew the same racist crap about Alma when he started out for the Proteas?

  • Baron Du Toit - 2015-01-23 07:54

    Cullinan was n great player . So shut up

      Anthony Humphreys - 2015-01-23 07:59

      A Great Player Maybe, but not a great Human Being!

      Johan Lensley - 2015-01-23 09:16

      average player... huge ego... Great players don't have go on pension with averages of 44 and 36.. especially if batting is the only thing you had to offer the team...

      Craig Shaun Henry - 2015-01-23 09:21

      Says Anthony that's known Cullinan his whole life.

  • Theunis de Bruin - 2015-01-23 08:00

    if u are a sissy .... u are a sissy ....Cullinan will be remembered as a S.A. great .... grow up .....

  • Stefan Klintworth - 2015-01-23 08:15

    Cullinan is a "has-been" too. Who cares how good he was. Some of the aussies are amazing but it doesn't give them the right to act like a prick.

      Focus Nothecar - 2015-01-23 09:13

      Flintoff is a Pommy btw ... not an Aussie....

      watchman - 2015-01-23 09:20

      You are acting like a prick, Cullinan has retired and is not attempting to become the Elvis of cricket.

  • Ryan Brewster - 2015-01-23 08:15

    Come on guys, you are both well remembered in the game that you served. You have both now completed your run in said game, absolutely no reason to start this rubbish now.

      Zeenat Allie - 2015-01-23 08:46

      Best comment to date.

  • Marlon Baxter - 2015-01-23 08:18

    Darryl did you score 1 run against Shane Warne?

      Mario Kleynhans - 2015-01-23 09:17

      Warne only got his wicket 3 times in 12 test innings.

      Craig Shaun Henry - 2015-01-23 09:23

      Marlon did u? Exactly, pointless question.

      emile.mouton.39 - 2015-01-23 12:28

      How many tests have you played Marlon? Just wondering....

  • Paul Kelly - 2015-01-23 08:22

    Cullinan you have no room to talk. At least Flintoff os playing. He has contracts. You couldnt handle the pressure so you baled. You continue to talk crap in the media - you are a has-been. You still think that you are bigger than the game. Never have been.

      Johan Lensley - 2015-01-23 08:42

      Well said... I used to be a Cullinan fan until I realised what a complete assh@le and ego-maniac he is... what a disappointment... when I found out that his batting against Warne is not the worst of his attributes.

      Mario Kleynhans - 2015-01-23 09:17

      Flinthoff retired son

      watchman - 2015-01-23 09:23

      Cullinan retired as did Pollock, Kallis, Smith etc. they did not bail

      Craig Shaun Henry - 2015-01-23 09:24

      U do realize that Cullinan is much older than flintoff right

  • Mark Grant - 2015-01-23 08:55

    " I was only young... the words he called me, I didn't even know what they meant." HAHAHAHA! A Eglish hooligan that doesn't understand vulgar language, please Freddy!

      David Lyness - 2015-01-31 22:58

      Good point

  • Goeie Donner - 2015-01-23 09:23

    Gaan julle mekaar nou met Jul kierries bliksem?

  • Andre Venter - 2015-01-23 11:35

    Yeah Cullinan, he might be a has-been ... you have never "been" sissy boy!

  • Linda Chapman Marx - 2015-01-23 12:20

    Think they both need to start acting like adults and stop squabbling like kids

  • Brian Manlaws Roberts - 2015-01-24 18:01

    Gees this guy Cullinan is one giant twot! He has never said a positive thing about anyone. Who does he in fact like or respect, besides his own has been self?

      David Lyness - 2015-01-31 22:57

      What's a twot?

  • David Lyness - 2015-01-31 22:55

    I suppose has been is better than a never was, which is what Cullinan proved to be.

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