It has been nine years since former England captain Andrew Flintoff called it a day on his successful international tenure.
The former all-rounder represented England in Test, ODI and T20 formats, spending 11 years playing for his country.
Flintoff, who captained England in 2006 and 2007, played a pivotal role in their Ashes triumph of 2005, producing one of the greatest overs ever seen.
The 40-year-old also claimed the most wickets in the England side whilst also accumulating 402 runs during the series.
After retiring in 2010, Flintoff went on to embark on a boxing career before returning to the sport in 2014 to play Twenty20 cricket for Lancashire again.
However, Flintoff has admitted that his career could have taken a different turn before returning to the field in 2014.
Speaking in his podcast ‘Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy’, the former all-rounder revealed that he applied for the England coaching role before the re-appointment of Peter Moores back in 2014.
Given his status as a player, there is little doubt the ex-all rounder would have been a popular appointment. So why did he not get the job?
Well, it didn't get off to the best of starts as those at the ECB didn't think it was actually him who had applied.
"I thought you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it, so I thought that I would have a crack at this, I wrote an email, three weeks past and no reply," he said - see the video below.
"(I found out) the ECB thought it wasn’t me despite me having one email all my life."
"We spoke about it and I was serious, but I had to think if I’d be better than the person they’re choosing."
"I knew I wouldn’t be better than Peter Moores, so after a half an hour conversation I withdrew, but also said if Moores doesn’t get it, put me back in the hat."
Despite not getting the role first time around, Flintoff did admit he will consider reapplying when current boss Trevor Bayliss steps down after the Ashes in 2019:
"I’m talking with my heart, yes (I’ll apply), I want to do it one day... if they want me to do it, I’ll do it," Flintoff said.
He also added that he would prioritise the mental side of the game over the focus of skill if he was to become a coach.
"A coach’s job now is to get players feeling the best they can be to perform, as a coach or mentor, that’d be my greatest asset," he continued.
"When I look back now, I should’ve spent more time on my head, I spent all the time in the gym and practicing, but I should’ve spent more time focussing on my mind."
So, Flintoff didn’t get the job in 2014 but could 2019 be the year that sees the former England skipper make a return to international cricket?
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