Second Innings: My Sporting Life
|Narrated By:||Richard Burnip|
|Date:||10 November 2015|
Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things.
Second Innings, is his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality.
The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind, in any sport?
Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is 'Fred' - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is 'Andrew' - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much.
We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career.
At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing, even more than success: to be himself.
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Following his debut in 1998, he became an integral player for England, and was England's "Man of the Series" during the successful 2005 Ashes series. He later served as both captain and vice-captain of the team. However, he suffered regular injuries throughout his international career, often due to his heavy frame and bowling action. During the period 2007–09 he played in only 13 of England's 36 Test matches, but nevertheless remained a core member of the England squad, being selected whenever available. On 15 July 2009, he announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of the 2009 Ashes series, on 24 August, and although he made himself available for future commitments in One Day International and Twenty20 International matches, it was reported on 7 September 2009 that he had developed deep vein thrombosis after surgery to his knee.
On 16 September 2010, he announced his retirement from all cricket. He then had one professional boxing engagement on 30 November 2012 in Manchester, beating American Richard Dawson on a points decision.
In May 2014, Flintoff came out of retirement after five years to play Twenty20 cricket for Lancashire again, before being signed by Brisbane Heat to play in the Australian Big Bash League for the 2014–15. After a poor season with the Heat, he announced his final retirement.
Since his retirement, Flintoff has been involved with numerous projects, including designing his own range and becoming the face of fashion brand Jacamo, won the first series of the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, and has been part of the Sky 1 sports based comedy panel show A League of Their Own. He now presents TV show Cannonball which debuted on 2nd September 2017.