Andrew Flintoff likes a drink, its a fact. In September 2005 he was being acclaimed as a legend, partly because of his fine performances against the Canary Yellows, partly because he ws able to quaff a phenomenal amount of booze on the infamous 48-hour bender that followed.

Drink? Not me shir.

Drink? Not me shir.

 In June 2006 during the football World Cup in Germany, he was interviewed while a little tipsy at an England game, causing Ian Wright to say something along the lines of “I love Freddie”.

In March 2007 he was stripped of the vice-captaincy and banned for one match after being involved in a drunken 4am escapade on a pedalo.

And now, Duncan Fletcher has decided to liven up his new book by lifting the lid on what The Telegraph calls Flintoff’s “drink-related problems”. Apparently they forced the former England head coach to cancel a training session during Ashes whitewash in Australia.

“Flintoff was in such a state he could not throw properly. He had to pass the ball to the bloke next to him to do so. And when it came to trying to catch the ball I honestly thought I was going to hurt him, so uncoordinated was he,” quoth the raven. “I was fuming and stopped the practice early. Remember: this was the England captain in this state. I had to calm down and think what to do.”