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Flintoff offered new BBL contract on live television

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/01/2016 Brendan Bradford

Flintoff © Provided by Sportal com au Flintoff It’s not often you get a contract extension on live television, but that’s exactly what happened to former English cricketer, turned Channel 10 commentator, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

The 38-year-old was in the commentary box as the Sydney Sixers hosted the Brisbane Heat when fellow commentator, Mark Howard, received a text from a Channel 10 producer offering the Englishman another contract for the next BBL season.

Clearly enjoying his time in Australia, Flintoff said he was surprised and flattered but didn't commit to returning. 

The former England captain has been a breath of fresh air on the microphone during the fifth edition of the tournament, offering great insights, witty banter and funny anecdotes.

One of Flintoff’s on-air revelations on Sunday night should make him popular with most New South Wales and Queensland viewers as well.

Flintoff was asked if he was a rugby union follower after the camera zoomed in on Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, who was sitting in the stands.

Rah-rah fans across the country held their breaths.

“I’m actually more of a rugby league man,” he said.

“Being from the north of England I followed Wigan, but the (rugby) World Cup wasn’t really worth watching for the English fans…they were terrible, it was a nightmare!

“Having said that, I had breakfast with Sam Burgess a few weeks ago, that’s about the extent of my rugby.”

No one thought to ask which NRL team Freddie would follow if he stayed in Australia, but he did reveal what he thinks is the best sport in the world.

“I love darts, darts is my favourite,” he said.

“I wanted to be a darts player. It’s enormous, Thursday nights during the summer you’ve got the Premier League and there’s 15,000 in these arenas watching.

“It’s absolutely amazing, they’re athletes, them lads. Proper athletes.”

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