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‘Freddie’ Flintoff’ having pre fight Jitters | Watch Live | Boxing

The ex-England cricketer has admitted that he has the jitters about the clash at the MEN arena but hopes to channel the nerves into his performance.

Talking to Sky Sports News, Flintoff, 34, said: “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t any nerves, but I experienced nerves in my career before, in cricket, and managed to use them to my advantage – so hopefully this will be no different.

Andrew Flintoff & Richard Dawson Weigh In

 

“It’s a big task I’m taking on, I’ve worked hard for it – and we’ll see what the result is afterwards.

Rejecting claims that the fight was nothing more than a publicity stunt, Flintoff said: “You can’t go into this sport for a bit of fun

“It’s a serious sport, it’s a serious business.

“He’s come here to win and so have I.”

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Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff weighs in for his first professional boxing fight.

The 34-year-old former all rounder will take on American Richard Dawson at the MEN Arena in Manchester after exchanging his cricketing whites for a pair of boxing gloves in a bid to prove himself in the ring.

Flintoff, who was part of England’s Ashes winning teams in 2005 and 2009, tipped the scales at 216lbs (97.98kg), 25lbs (11.34kg) lighter than his 23-year-old opponent who already has two professional victories.

Watch the fight live here en David Price vs. Matt Skelton

At Liverpool, England (Boxnation/WealthTV): David Price vs. Matt Skelton, 12 rounds, for Price’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles; Darren Hamilton vs. Steve Williams, 12 rounds, for Hamilton’s British junior welterweight title; John McDermott vs. Dillian Whyte, 10 rounds, heavyweights; Freddie Flintoff vs Richard Dawson


Why Gary Pratt wont forget Ricky Ponting | Cricket

In cricket, substitute fielders are supposed to be used to provide cover for injured players. England’s use of substitute fielders in the 2005 Ashes series proved to be controversial, with the Australian team claiming England were using substitutes to rest their bowlers between spells, and were picking specialist fielders for the job.

“It was just a normal, everyday thing you do – pick a ball up and throw it.” Gary Pratt

England v Australia 2005 4th Ashes Test Cricket Match.Ricky Ponting gets run out by substitute fielder Gary Pratt.

Ricky Ponting announced his retirement this week and had this to say “I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12 to 18 months,” he said. “I believe now is the right time.

“This is a decision not made by the selectors, it was made by me.”

Ponting in numbers

  • Born 19 December, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania
  • 167 Test caps & 13,366 runs
  • 375 ODI caps & 13,704 runs
  • 71 international centuries
  • Highest Test score: 257 v India in 2003
  • Won three World Cups

Twitter Tributes 

“I’ve given cricket my all, it’s been my life for 20 years, there’s not much more I can give.”

Ricky Ponting


I’m under no illusions | Freddie Flintoff

Flintoff battles unbeaten American Richard Dawson at the Manchester Arena on a bill that includes some of Britain’s highly-ranked contenders and is looking forward to fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a boxer.
“I’ve always been a boxing fan, I think most blokes have,” Flintoff told Sky Sports.
 
“I’m under no illusions about the task I’m taking on. Each week it’s getting harder as the training steps up and the sparring partners get better – but I love the challenge of it and I’m enjoying being a sportsman again. It’s going to be different.
“I’m surprised at how many people want to punch me. I’m getting offered out on Twitter left, right and centre!
“Hopefully some of the experiences I’ve had walking out to bat in front of thousands of people around the world is going to help, but I’m under no illusions. You’ve got someone in the other corner wanting to come out and take your head off, effectively!
“There’s a lot of people passionate about boxing, but I’m one of them. Hopefully we can reach to a wider audience and get the casual boxing fan coming in.
“This is about celebrating boxing and also, at the same time, giving me a chance to have a go at it under amazing tuition.”

Andrew Flintoff Set To Become A Professional Boxer

 

 


England’s Monkey Business | Cricket

England Cricket Match Stopped Up By Monkeys

England’s warm-up match in Ahmedabad ahead of next week’s first Test against India was stopped when monkeys invaded the pitch.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more funny cricket moments.

 

 

Philly fan tasered, fans running on the field, and crashing games. We’ve got our 17 favorites here. Know of any others? Let us know in the comments!

 


Fans Tribute to Strauss – The Artwork

Thousands of England fans sent their messages when Andrew Strauss retired and from those we made a piece of artwork which was then presented to the former captain.


Swan To Benefit From 2012

 

England spinner Graeme Swann has been granted a benefit year reports Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

“Next year will be a busy year for me with the Ashes defence on English soil and the Champions Trophy and I’m honoured that the Notts committee have seen fit to reward me with a benefit year,” said Swann.

“I know that I can count on the support of my team-mates and friends in the game and my plan is to have a series of small events for cricket supporters to enjoy.”

Graham Swan arrived at Notts in 2005 from Northamptonshire and is now a England regular with a record of 192 wickets in 46 Tests.

Notts chairman Peter Wright said: “Graeme’s success on the international scene is a source of great pride for our club and he is thoroughly deserving of a benefit year.

Swann’s benefit year will come on the back of his court case in 2011 when he was found not guilty of Drink-Driving when he was arrested when driving to buy a screwdriver to rescue his Cat from under the floorboards.


Three Day-Night Matches On Windies Tour Schedule

West Indies schedule, International cricket fixtures WI, Test matches, Oneday International, ODI, Twenty20 International cricket matches, 20-20, five day matches, 2012-2013.

Nov-2012
Tue 13 – Sat 17
03:30 GMT, 09:30 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
1st Test – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Wed 21 – Sun 25
03:30 GMT, 09:30 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
2nd Test – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Khulna Divisional Stadium, Khulna
Fri 30
03:00 GMT, 09:00 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
1st ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Khulna Divisional Stadium, Khulna
Dec-2012
Sun 02
03:00 GMT, 09:00 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
2nd ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Khulna Divisional Stadium, Khulna
Wed 05 Day/Night
07:30 GMT, 13:30 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
3rd ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Fri 07 Day/Night
07:30 GMT, 13:30 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
4th ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Sat 08 Day/Night
07:30 GMT, 13:30 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
5th ODI – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Mon 10 Day/Night
11:00 GMT, 17:00 local
West Indies v Bangladesh
Only T20I – Bangladesh vs West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Feb-2013
Fri 01 Day/Night
03:20 GMT, 11:20 local
West Indies v Australia
1st ODI – Australia vs West Indies
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Sun 03 Day/Night
03:20 GMT, 11:20 local
West Indies v Australia
2nd ODI – Australia vs West Indies
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Wed 06 Day/Night
03:20 GMT, 14:20 local
West Indies v Australia
3rd ODI – Australia vs West Indies
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Fri 08 Day/Night
03:20 GMT, 14:20 local
West Indies v Australia
4th ODI – Australia vs West Indies
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Sun 10 Day/Night
03:20 GMT, 14:20 local
West Indies v Australia
5th ODI – Australia vs West Indies
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Wed 13 Day/Night
08:35 GMT, 18:35 local
West Indies v Australia
Only T20I – Australia vs West Indies
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane
Jun-2013
Fri 07
09:15 GMT, 10:15 local
West Indies v Pakistan
2nd Match, Group B – ICC Champions Trophy
Kennington Oval, London
Tue 11
09:15 GMT, 10:15 local
West Indies v India
6th Match, Group B – ICC Champions Trophy
Kennington Oval, London
Fri 14
09:15 GMT, 10:15 local
West Indies v South Africa
9th Match, Group B – ICC Champions Trophy
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Brit Insurance Quit England Cricket

Following on from  Friends Life’s decision to withdraw its T20 sponsorship deal Brit Insurance decided not to renew its deal as the England team sponsor.

 

“We are very proud to have partnered with the ECB and supported them in what has been a fantastic period in English cricket,” Mark Cloutier, the Brit Group CEO, said. “But as Brit’s business has re-shaped and developed into something very different to the business it was a few years ago, it’s right that we step back and allow another sponsor to come forward and build on this brilliant partnership opportunity.”

“The ECB thanks Brit for what has been an important and successful partnership for both parties,” the ECB commercial director, John Perera said. “Brit has benefited from significant exposure as both the men’s and women’s teams have achieved extraordinary levels of success since the partnership began. Our search for a new sponsor will begin immediately and we anticipate significant interest from potential partners who wish to be associated with the England cricket teams.”


ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Ticket News

Tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will go on sale on 5th November after the tournament was officially launched in London.

The competition will be played over 18 days with the matches scheduled for the SWALEC Stadium, Kia Oval and Edgbaston, which will host the final on June 23.

Fans can register their interest at icc-cricket.com and tickets are available from prices as low as £5 for juniors and £10 for under-21s.

“With the action on a daily basis in the group stages of this competition, cricket lovers have the chance to live every ball of every match every day ,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.

The captain said: “This is a very important event for us as a side. We don’t often get the opportunity to play at home in a tournament. We have only won one ICC tournament and we would love to win another.


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