A number of people and a number of times I heard Flintoff praised as one of the very best quicks in the world post 04/05. Warne, Boycott, Langer to name a few. But why does he not have the stats to prove it?
Flintoff was mainly raised as a containment bowler, trundling in 78mph-ers at the back end of a ODI innings. It wasn't until he was in his mid-twenties that he really believed that seaming was what he did best (actually evidence suggests he never really believed it). He realised if he got fit, put 100% in he could actually get to 90mph and combined with his natural accuracy he could be a world class bowler. But by this time injuries and their subsequent recoveries were taking their toll. Only when he was injury free and at his best would he pitch the ball all the way up and take wickets but all to often he would resort to his back of a length deliveries that were economical but not devastating. I remember him bowling a spell that went 6 overs, 6 runs, 3 maidens, 0 wickets that I thought was a good soundbite for his bowling.
Be interesting to see what people think........