Flintoff, who has been a strong advocate for mental health since retiring from international cricket in 2009, said he would emphasise the mental side of the game rather than a heavy focus on skills. "A coach’s job now is to get players feeling the best they can be to perform, as a coach or mentor, that’d be my greatest asset," he said. "When I look back now, I should’ve spent more time on my head, I spent all the time in the gym and practicing, but I should’ve spent more time focussing on my mind." The 79-Test veteran was impressed by Australia’s recent showing in the Magellan Ashes Series, highlighting the efforts of the home side’s bowling quartet, who each claimed more than 20 wickets in the successful campaign.
Why shouldn’t county cricketers have a nice life ? I think this is highly disrespectful, I remember county Cricket being extremely tough and competitive and I can’t think of anyone mastering it , seems some people have short memories and please name the players “floating around” https://t.co/ko9TRZudqp— andrew flintoff (@flintoff11) January 12, 2018
"As a rounded unit they’ve got now are the best they’ve had," Flintoff said. "You’ve got (Mitchell) Starc who bowls fast left-arm. (Josh) Hazlewood surprised me so much, he was the fastest of the lot of them, he was bowling at 150kph. You had (Pat) Cummins who I didn’t think was good, who was good. Then you had the spinner (Nathan) Lyon, so as an attack it’s as good as you’ll face. "The one bloke who epitomised it for me was Hazlewood, I watched him charge in spell after spell like his life depended on it, compared to England’s bowlers who looked like they were lobbing in."
Freddy Flintoff to coach England.. best team bonding sessions ever ! England Cricket Australian Cricket Team https://t.co/vz6TxGgJrt— Veitchy on Sport (@veitchynz) January 16, 2018
Flintoff didn’t hold back in his assessment on the series and the outcomes for the both sides, highlighting the similarities between the current sides and teams of the past. "For the first time in a long time, Australia have become Australia again, they were ruthless. "England have gone back to England, back to the way they were in the 1990s, soft."
A former cricketer, an ex-footballer and a table tennis player... it sounds like the start of a joke but actually it's an award winning podcast. 'Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy' is back and the team tell us all about it. pic.twitter.com/fvc2LmyFTJ— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) January 15, 2018