Andrew Flintoff, legendary England all-rounder on Tuesday, has expressed his desire to Coach national side after incumbent coach Trevor Bayliss announced that he will step down from the role after the 2019 Ashes series. Flintoff also revealed that he always wanted to Coach England Team.
Andrew Flintoff said on his podcast Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy, “I’m talking with my heart, yes (I’ll apply), I want to do it one day … if they want me to do it, I’ll do it. We spoke about it and I was serious, but I had to think if I’d be better than the person they’re choosing.”
It will not be the first time when England’s 2005 Ashes hero has thrown his hat in the ring for the role, as Flintoff earlier had applied when Peter Moores was re-appointed in 2014.
The 40-year-old speaks on his 2014 application for the top role, “I knew I wouldn’t be better than Peter Moores, so after a half an hour conversation I withdrew, but also said if Moores doesn’t get it, put me back in the hat. I thought you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it, so I thought that I would have a crack at this, I wrote an email, three weeks past and no reply. I found out the ECB thought it wasn’t me despite me having one email all my life.”
Flintoff went to further added that he would emphasize the mental side of the game rather than a heavy focus on skills if he will be given a chance to coach the national team.
The all-rounder has played 79 Tests, 141 ODIs and 7 T20I, scoring 3845, 3394, and 76 runs while taking 226, 169 and 5 wickets in the respective formats of the game for England before retiring in 2009.
He signed off by saying, “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. 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.”