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    Is Andrew Flintoff disinterested in batting?

    the way he looks at the crease, during the Commonwealth and this WC, he seems very disinterested in his batting. It gives an impression ' come on bowlers!! please get me '.
    What is wrong with him? Is he not happy with the stripping of captaincy?
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    I don't think that he's disinterested in his batting, as he has stated quite clearly in the media he is just struggling for runs at the moment and can't really put together a decent innings.
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    Freddie has never been too good a batsman, there was a small period in his career when he was pretty consistent with the bat in both tests and odi's.



    But now most of the oppositions seem to have sorted him out (with the bat), but still i think Freddie would be much better of opening the innings rather than batting at no.6 or 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    But now most of the oppositions seem to have sorted him out (with the bat), but still i think Freddie would be much better of opening the innings rather than batting at no.6 or 7.
    Why do ou think that? He has never been that good against any lateral movement and although there has been limited swing so far in this tournament, sticking him up the order is asking for trouble.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Why do ou think that? He has never been that good against any lateral movement and although there has been limited swing so far in this tournament, sticking him up the order is asking for trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    My reasons why putting Flintoff to open in the rest of this WC

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    You do have a fair point about the possible reward being great, but is it that unrealistic to expect Flintoff to work himself back into some form in the middle order? It's not like he has been coming in with 4-5 overs to go and just sloggging, he has had plenty of time to build an innings and get himself in but has seldom made it count.

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    Ridiculous assertion that Flintoff is disinterested in batting, when a couple of days ago he told a Sky interviewer that he's always considered himself more of a batsman than a bowler.
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    That's true Liam, but doesn't mean that at the moment he might be disinterested in his batting. He certainly seems to be struggling for form with the bat in a way that isn't true of his bowling, so it could be the case that he's finding batting frustrating and difficult at the moment and thus his attitude with batting is suffering. That wouldn't mean he didn't consider himself a batting allrounder.

    Not saying that's the case with him, just pointing out that one thing doesn't preclude the other.
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    I think when you are an allrounder like flintoff...a bad run off form in one form of the game might disinterest u in that form...i guess that might happen to flintoff...especially when the team depends heavily upon his bowling. But i would think that his 'negaitive' approach to the crease would be because of pressure and nothing to do with the fact that he doesnt like batting anymore.

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    Plus the poor lad has been burning the candle at both ends...

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    Think we need to cut him some slack here, it's bad form and nothing more, making accusations that he's not interested or trying hard enough is overly presumptuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    That's true Liam, but doesn't mean that at the moment he might be disinterested in his batting. He certainly seems to be struggling for form with the bat in a way that isn't true of his bowling, so it could be the case that he's finding batting frustrating and difficult at the moment and thus his attitude with batting is suffering. That wouldn't mean he didn't consider himself a batting allrounder.

    Not saying that's the case with him, just pointing out that one thing doesn't preclude the other.
    My point was that it's pretty obvious the way he talks about it that batting is very important with him and that he's desperate for runs. He can't be disinterested in batting and consider himself a batsman first and a bowler second.

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    Fred was never seen as a serious bowler before the Indian tour England had under Nasser Hussain's captaincy.


    Hussain made Fred bowl a lot of overs in that series and Fred's true potential as bowlers was discovered, before that Fred was considered more of a batting-all-rounder.


    So i am not suprised to hear Fred say that he considers himself more of a batsman.

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    I think a lot of people might just look at his facial expressions and decide "he doesn't look interested". Its stupid really.
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