London, January 16: Andrew Flintoff, Former England captain and legendary all-rounder, has tossed his hat in the ring for the position of coach for England’s team. Current coach Trevor Bayliss recently had announced that 2019 would mark his resignation from his duties. Following the former coach’s announcement, Flintoff has proclaimed that he will apply for the position next year.
Speaking on his podcast Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy, he said, “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.”
This is not a first time that Flintoff will be applying for this position. Earlier, in 2014, when Peter Moores was selected, Flintoff was one of the contenders. “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,” Flintoff said before adding, “I found out the ECB thought it wasn’t me despite me having one email all my life.”
Flintoff also described about how he would specifically emphasize on the mental aspect of the game if given a chance to coach the team rather than laying sole focus on the skills of the game.
“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. In conclusion, he also mentioned that in retrospect, he should have spent additional time on his mental state; he had spent all his time focusing on the physical health and he now realised the significance of focusing on mental health.