Steve Waugh says match-winning all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will be an inspiring leader as England seek to hold on to the Ashes in this year’s five-Test series in Australia.
Flintoff was preferred ahead of opening batsman Andrew Strauss to captain England’s Ashes defence despite not having played since ankle surgery in July.
England’s chairman of selectors David Graveney says an important reason for Flintoff’s selection was that his panel believed the Aussies feared him.
Former Australian captain Waugh believes Flintoff gives England an extra dimension: genuine inspiration. “Why not pick Andrew Flintoff?” he told Sydney’s Sun-Herald newspaper Sunday. “The players respect him and one of the most important things is that he wants to do the job. He’s an inspirational player, he’s a great all-rounder and I have no doubt he’ll be leading them with the idea they’re here to fight. I know they’ll follow him into battle.
“And one thing about this England team is they are coming to Australia to win, not just with the aim to compete, which a lot of their teams have done in the past,” Waugh added.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath have both queried whether the extra responsibility would take the edge off Flintoff’s batting and bowling.
Waugh said Flintoff would need to determine what was important during the gruelling Ashes series.
Waugh is enthused about the coming Tests. “It’s going to be a great series,” he said. “It’s being hyped up and I don’t agree that’s putting extra pressure on the Australians. If anything, it’s great for the game.”
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