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Flintoff is Wisden cricketer of the year

April 11, 2006 16:23 IST

England all-rounder Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff has been named 2005's top cricketer in the 143rd edition of Wisden, which will be published on Wednesday.

Flintoff's superb display in helping England to their Ashes victory over Australia last year had already earned him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and an MBE.

The award was instituted in 2003 and was previously won by Australian duo Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne -- with the leg spinner the only man to push Flintoff for the 2005 title.

"We took soundings from writers and commentators in all the cricketing countries and there were only two people in it, Flintoff and Warne," Wisden editor Matthew Engel said in a statement.

"Our cover picture sums up the year as we saw it. Flintoff and Warne are shown embracing after the Ashes series -- but the one is just a fraction above the other. We felt in the end that 2005 was the year when Freddie touched greatness."

Flintoff, who was recently named man of the series after captaining England to a 1-1 Test draw in India, said: "It's very humbling and obviously a great honour.

"The last 12 months have been fantastic for English cricket and I'm looking forward to building on that success."

England trio Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and Kevin Pietersen and Australia's Brett Lee and Ponting were listed as Wisden's five cricketers of the year -- Flintoff and Warne were ineligible for that 117-year old accolade having been listed previously.

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Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Huh

Well I dont mind Flintoff getting an award as much as I feel Ponting and Dravid were the only people who deserved it. Well I ...

Posted by Rakesh Iyer

Sub: Wisden - crap

What a Joke!!! Wisden only knows cricket is played by England and Australia. Come On guys Grow Up!!

Posted by Ramesh

Sub: But who cares for the England biased magzine?

Yes I agree, Flintoff is a good player. He may be the right choice for the honour. But anyway, why care about an award given ...

Posted by Vinay

Sub: Stupid

Wisden is baseless, this thing you can understand by seeing stupid guy like Flintoff as cricketer of the year.

Posted by Sachin Manchanda