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    Andrew Flintoff Jumps The Shark, But Does Correctly Call Michael Atherton A Prick

    Cricket storm as Andrew Flintoff hits out at Michael Atherton - Diary - News - Evening Standard


    Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was not mincing his words at the Sky TV party at The Oxo Tower on Tuesday night. Speaking to the Londoner, all his bonhomie turned to scowls when the subject of his erstwhile England colleague, former captain and now Sky TV and Times journalist Michael Atherton, came up.

    “He’s a p***k,” said Flintoff. “He’s a f*****g p***k.” Why so? “He sits there making judgments about players that are much better than he ever was, believe me, he’s a p***k.

    “How can he talk about a player like [current England opening batsman] Alastair Cook who is 10 times the player he ever was — he has a much bigger average and will go on and on. Atherton averaged in the 30s for England and yet he thinks he can judge others.”

    Asked whether he minded saying this to a journalist, Flintoff, who was accompanied by his glamorous wife Rachel, said: “I don’t care. Say what you like. There’s no love lost there.”
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    It's nothing new though is it?

    I seem to remember Botham when he'd just retired saying people shouldn't comment on modern cricket, now look what he's doing, sure there are plenty of others too. I'm sure Flintoff will be doing the same soon.
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    Sounds like Flintoff had a few jars under his belt.
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    business as usual then

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    dont mind flintoff, and atherton is a useless prick
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    Never been any love lost between those two.

    Also agree with what George Dobell put up on twitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    dont mind flintoff, and atherton is a useless prick
    I like Atherton. Him and Hussain are the only two decent members of the Sky Commentary team itbt. And it must be said that they're very decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    I like Atherton. Him and Hussain are the only two decent members of the Sky Commentary team itbt. And it must be said that they're very decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    I like Atherton. Him and Hussain are the only two decent members of the Sky Commentary team itbt. And it must be said that they're very decent.
    I get enjoyment out of seeing them and reliving their failures, that is all

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    Yeah agree with Benchy (damn!). Athers + Hussain are the two best comms for me on Sky, always love their concise commentary, and its just THE BEST when Beefy or Holding say the magic words - we now hand you over to Michael Atherton, and Nasser Hussain. At this point I'm literally dancing in my living room, no joke, though I could be happy that it will be at least 30 minutes until either of Beefy or Holding is back on air, and i can enjoy the cricket.
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    Yes Athers and Nasser are probably the best out of the bunch but in general i think that Sky have got a great mix of personalities, a bit of something for everyone, from the more jokey approach from Bumble to Gowers laid back stye to Holding's passion..... then there's Beefy.
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    A few hacks enjoying the chance to give Flintoff a whack on twitter.

    As in, media hacks, not hack park cricketers.

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    I thought Lancastrians were the ones who were supposed to get along and us Yorkies the ones who argue amongst ourselves.

    Mind you I don't think either of them live there anymore.
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    Good example from Flintoff of all that's wrong about so many players' attitudes. It's like KP whining about Knight's coment that KP shouldn't be in the one day side because KP is a better player than Knight ever was. Absolute bull**** of course. And a major concern if these guys reckon they're above any sort of criticism unless it's coming from an ATG. When they still wouldn't take it either, of course.

    Beyond that, simplistic comparisons between the averages of Cook and Atherton are at best meaningless and at worst misleading. You'd struggle to find a weak attack that Atherton faced in his entire England career, which you really couldn't say about Cook at all.

    tbf to Cook, he may not sign up to Flintoff's comments. Let's hope not, anyway.

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