Flintoff believes Atherton has no right to criticise other players
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has launched a foul-mouthed attack against his Lancashire and country team-mate Michael Atherton, who currently works as a cricket pundit.
Speaking exclusively to the London Evening Standard, Flintoff heavily criticised Atherton’s work as a Sky commentator and cricket correspondent for The Times newspaper.
“He’s a prick, he’s a f****** prick. He sits there making judgments about players that are much better than he ever was, believe me, he’s a prick,” Flintoff told the London Evening Standard.
Atherton had recently called ODI captain Alastair Cook a “plodder” and a “donkey” which caused Flintoff to say: “How can he talk about a player like Alastair Cook who is 10 times the player he ever was? He has a much bigger average and will go on and on. Atherton averaged in the 30s for England and yet he thinks he can judge others.”
When asked whether he would have liked to have his comments being taken as off the record, Flintoff said: “I don’t care. Say what you like. There’s no love lost there.”
Atherton, played in 54 ODIs during his cricketing career and only amassed two centuries, while Alastair Cook on the other hand, has produced five centuries in 47 ODIs.
Cook, also has a superior Test record compared to Atherton, scoring 19 hundreds in 80 matches with an average of almost 49, while Atherton made 16 centuries in 115 Tests with an average close to 38.
Atherton’s relationship with Flintoff became extremely frosty in 2006 when Atherton wrote: “The only positive benefit of the injury to Flintoff may be the end of his immediate captaincy ambitions.”
Under Flintoff’s captaincy, England suffered a 5-0 Ashes whitewash at the hands of Australia in 2006 to 2007.