Former England all-rounder Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff has backed England to overcome recent controversies and give Australia a run for their money in the 2017-18 Ashes series, dubbing the current crop the “best team we’ve ever had.”
Despite BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew criticising the 16-man England squad as weak, Flintoff has disagreed and looked to their star talents as being capable of winning Down Under:
“It’s not a case of England winning – it’s by how many. It’s the type of side you’d want to be involved in, from the coach and the captain down. I think England will have a good winter.
“We’ve got Jimmy Anderson, who is England’s best ever bowler; Alastair Cook, England’s best ever batter. And you throw in the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who is fantastic – it’s exciting times.”
It’s not surprising Flintoff didn’t list Ben Stokes among that number following reports the team vice-captain will miss the Ashes if the investigation surrounding his recent arrest, per BBC Sport, is ongoing when the tour begins.
England fly to Australia on October 28 before starting the Test series on November 23.
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2017-18 Ashes Odds
Australia: 4/9 (1.44)
Draw: 6/1 (7.00)
England: 3/1 (4.00)