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Record-Breaking Freddie Empties Bars

Pundits are beginning to run out of adjectives to describe the exploits of our own Freddie Flintoff. The Lancashire all-rounder won the Man-Of-The-Series against West Indies and he has already been short-listed in three categories for the annual ICC
awards.   Whatís more, heís still only 26 so, if he can stay injury-free, who knows what he might go on to achieve.

The biggest compliment actually comes from spectators, who canít wait for a couple of wickets to fall just so they can see Freddie at the crease. There is nobody in the bars when he walks out because they know they are going to watch the biggest crowd pleaser there is.

Freddie is a remarkable talent and hopefully his heel problems have disappeared for good.  The treatment he has received seems to have done the trick and, along with Steve Harmison, is a mainstay with bowl as well as bat. I know he does not like being compared to anybody, but the way he is playing right now he is right up there with the best I have seen.  

For a batsman to record seven consecutive Tests with at least a half century in each is almost impossible.  For the teamís all-rounder to do it, itís nothing less than sensational.Thereís plenty more to come which makes for exciting times ahead for Freddie and England. It says everything about him when no less an authority than his skipper, Michael Vaughan, hails him as the best cricketer in the world right now.  I can pay him no greater compliment.


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