Fredmania: Perfect storm and Flintoff as a son-in-law.


The whole of England is expectantly waiting for Andrew Flintoff to produce another epic show in his farewell Ashes Test.


He will retire after the npower Fifth Test against the Aussies at the Brit Oval starting today and concentrate on ODI's and Twenty20 games.


Though Andrew Flintoff and his agent has been shouting from the rooftops that he is fit and raring to face Australia in the 5th  Test starting today, this writer still doubts Freddie's fitness.


However, the British media suffer no such qualms and have gone to town with Fredmania.


Andrew Strauss, the supposedly sane, levelheaded Captain of England talks about how the 5th and final ashes Test provides the perfect setting for a 'Flintoff' performance.


"For a big game like this it's a massive plus to have Flintoff in the side," Strauss said. "It's a kind of the perfect storm: his last game, so he's going to be completely motivated to go out on a high, a must-win Ashes Test match at home, a full house – the script's written perfectly. I think he can lift the others with his performances."



Here is Mike Atherton concluding that Andrew Freddie Flintoff is a much more desirable son-in-law that Sir Ian Botham.


Mothers across the land wouldn't mind Flintoff as a son-in-law; they'd be petrified of the thought of Botham taking their dearest up the aisle.


(Do not ask me how this makes Flintoff a better all-rounder)


To cap it all the man himself is brashly confident about his powers: 


Andrew Flintoff believes that an England victory in the final Test against Australia would surpass their Ashes-winning achievements of 2005. The Oval will mark his last Test for England and the all-rounder, who missed the three-day drubbing at Headingley, said yesterday that if they win it will be a "greater achievement" than the extraordinary events of four years ago when the Ashes were regained for the first time in 16 years.




To the reader: Will the 'F' factor tilt the Test England's way?




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