Freddie's future. What will Flintoff do next?
As we lament Andrew Flintoff's announcement today that he is to retire from all forms of cricket, we're offering prices on where his career will take him next.
Although his international batting and bowling figures may, surprisingly, not be all that outstanding, it was the timing of his greatest performances and the way he inspired the team around him that gave him the iconic status he deserved.
As a proud Englishman, he saved his best for the Australians. Cricket fans will always remember his Man-of-the-Series performance as England ended their 18-year wait to regain the Ashes in 2005, the way he tore through the Aussie batting line-up in the 2nd Test last year and the vital run out of Ricky Ponting in the final test.
We're offering 8/1 that the England set-up feel that his services will be required in Australia this winter for the upcoming Ashes series and that he is part of the coaching staff.
Of course, he might be in Australia due to other commitments as we are 1/3 that he is a member of the Sky Sports commentary team.
"You cannot keep a good man down and we think he could well be enjoying some banter with Beefy & Bumble come the Ashes!" said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.
If Flintoff doesn't form part of Sky Sports' plans then youcould take the 10/1 that he hosts Channel five's Ashes highlights shows instead or 5/1 that he replaces Phil Tufnell or Matt Dawson on A Question of Sport (before the end of 2011).
Whatever the future holds for Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff, everyone one at William Hill would like to wish him the best of luck and say thank you for the enjoyment he has brought to cricket fans - we also welcome your comments below.
|William Hill's Freddie Flintoff's future specials
|1/3 To be a member of Sky Sports commentary team for 2010 Ashes
||25/1 Next England Coach
|5/1 Permanent Question of Sport captain before end 2011
||10/1 Host five's Ashes coverage
|8/1 Be part of coaching staff for 2010/11 Ashes
||50/1 Become a racehorse trainer|