Five of Flintoff's best Test performances
A look back at five of Andrew Flintoff's greatest Test innings: 137 v New Zealand at Jade Stadium, Christchurch - First Test, March 2002. Flintoff announced himself as a genuine Test all-rounder with a breakthrough century that bore all the hallmarks of the muscular stroke play that would make him one of the most feared batsmen in the world. He thrashed his way to 137, with 110 of the runs coming in boundaries.
142 v South Africa at Lord's, London - Second Test, August 2003. Flintoff played a lone hand in England's second innings as they slumped to an innings defeat against South Africa. He started his knock with England having lost three for none, but dominated the tourists' attack to reach his century from 112 balls. By the time he was out for 142, he had hit 18 fours and five sixes.
95 v South Africa at The Oval, London - Fifth Test, September 2003. Flintoff's blistering 95 helped England grab the initiative after South Africa, leading the series 2-1, had made 484 in their first innings. Flintoff combined in a 99-run stand for the ninth wicket with Steve Harmison, who contributed just six, before England declared on 604 for nine and went on to win the match. 167 v West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Second Test, August 2004. Flintoff slaughtered a below-par West Indies attack for the highest score of his Test career.
102 v Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham - Fourth Test, August 2005. Flintoff's first-innings century was pivotal in a Test victory that gave England the 2-1 lead that would secure them their first Ashes series win in 18 years. The last Test century of Flintoff's career included 14 fours and a six.
Published: September 18, 2010 04:00 AM