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Andrew Flintoff - Career story

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Cricketer, born in Preston, Lancashire, NW England, UK A right-handed batsman and fast bowler, he joined Lancashire County Cricket Club at age 17, debuted for England against South Africa at Trent Bridge in 1998, and made his one-day international debut against Pakistan in Sharjah the following year. His first Ashes series, in England in 2005, proved an outstanding success. He contributed to his country's victory with a tally of 24 wickets and 402 runs, winning England's Man of the Series Award and the inaugural Compton-Miller medal. That year he was also named the Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year, and won the BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year award. He captained England for the first time during the team's Test series against India in March 2006, taking over from an injured Michael Vaughan. England won the final test, squaring the three match series 1–1, and Flintoff was chosen man of the series. He was out of the game for much of 2006 with an ankle injury but was named captain for England's unsuccessful defence of the Ashes in Australia at the end of the year. He was named Leading Cricketer of the World for 2005 by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

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