Claiming that he would not like to lead England again,former skipper Andrew Flintoff says his relationship with incumbent Andrew Strauss is like chalk and cheese,but that they get on fine.
“We’re chalk and cheese but we get on fine,” the England’s talisman said on Sunday.
According to Flintoff,he told Kevin Pietersen in advance that he could not support him in his mission to have Peter Moores replaced,and expressed support for the former coach.
Referring to the rift between Pietersen and Moores,Flintoff said,”We had a sense of what was happening out in India and the one thing with Kevin,which I’ve said to him,was: ‘As a captain,as a player,I’ll support you.’ The way I played proves that. I played for Kevin as I did not Vaughan (Michael Vaughan) or Nasser (Hussain) or whoever it may be.
I didn’t want him to finish. I thought he could have given himself time to grow into the role.
“But on the flip-side I couldn’t support him in not having the coach there,because I had a good relationship with Peter Moores,and I was open about that with Kevin,with Mooresy and Hugh (Morris).
“We don’t want to get into the football scenario where the team gets beat and the manager gets sacked. As players we’ve got everything at our disposal,we’ve got the coaches and we’ve got everything we need to perform. We’ve got to take some responsibility. To be fair to Mooresy the one thing he’s kept is his dignity. Because he’s good man. He is a good man,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Observer’.
Flintoff is more receptive to the gossip linking Moores with the head coach’s job at Lancashire.
“I’ve got no qualms about that. And the other lads are the same. He won the championship with Sussex,he knows how to do it. The one thing with Mooresy through all this is that he wanted a strong England side. There’s no agenda,no attempt to put himself in the spotlight. He just wanted England to win and he still wants that,” said Flintoff.
About captaincy,Flintoff said,”I don’t think captaincy should ever be called a burden. However,for me it was like a weight being lifted. I experienced two sides of it. When I was not playing as I’d have liked to it became a tough job. The last Ashes trip was hard. We were getting beat. There was an element in the side of self-preservation,which is human nature. There were a lot of fingers being pointed and a lot of them ended up being pointed at me. When Vaughany came back in I was glad to go back to the ranks. As a player I go home and switch off. As a captain I couldn’t. It was with me all the time. And that affected me. It affected my mood. It’s not something I’d want to do again,” the all-rounder said.
“Whatever you do as a captain you do it honestly and instinctively. You know for a fact there are probably 50 permutations. People like Vaughany,I take my hat off to him. Through good times and bad times he never showed his hand,he stayed quite level,which I always found more than hard to do.
“Straussy has got the potential to do that as well,” Flintoff said.
Answering to a question on his relationship with Strauss,Flintoff said,”I get on well with Strauss. He’s actually a good man. He’s his own man. We’re very much chalk and cheese,but we get on fine. He’s the brunt of the jokes sometimes,so we’re going to have to tone that down. He’s good fellah. People are mentioning the one-day stuff,but he’s scored one-day hundreds. Knowing Straussy,he’ll just adapt.”