Flintoff was an 'entertainer': Warne

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shanewarne1.jpg' class='caption'> Warne on Thursday said world cricket would be poorer following the Flintoff's decision to quit Tests after the ongoing Ashes series.

Updated: July 16, 2009 09:11 IST
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Describing Andrew Flintoff as an 'entertainer', leg-spin legend Shane Warne on Thursday said world cricket would be poorer following the all-rounder's decision to quit Tests after the ongoing Ashes series.

"With Freddie, the loss will go beyond just England.

World cricket will be the poorer, too, although it's great that he is continuing at one-day and Twenty20 levels," Warne said.

"People remember him for his runs and wickets in 2005, but also for the way he played. He is one of the good guys, an entertainer who knows about the spirit of the game," wrote the Australian in his column for the 'Times'.

Warne also felt Flintoff would have a good time playing in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings.

"He will be great in the IPL next year and for as long as he plays in the competition. He's not played for Chennai Super Kings in India yet, but I know that they will love him.

"Twenty20 suits his style. It is intensive, but not too long. He will hit some long balls and bowl some fast ones.

It's simple, really - he's just a very good cricketer," said the Rajasthan Royals skipper.

Warne felt Flintoff's body must have gone through a lot of wear and tear that was too much for him at the end.

Hussain said it was a joy captaining Flintoff for he would always give of his best.

"He is a genuine national icon. You can see that at any ground when he walks on to bat or runs in to bowl. He is the man the public will pay good money to watch. He has made cricket in this country a box-office business again," Hussain wrote in 'Daily Mail'.

"From my experience, he was a joy to play with, because in every game he was totally committed yet went about his work with a smile on his face. Supporters love the fact that he is such a whole-hearted competitor and I loved that trait when I was captaining him. He would run in all day for you."

On the 2001 series in India, Hussain said Flintoff would bowl his heart out every time the team needed him.

"When we were on flat pitches in India, without a number of leading players, he bowled his heart out for me. He did whatever was needed to help the team. If I asked him to rough up Sachin Tendulkar, he would do it. If I asked him to get stuck into Sourav Ganguly again, he would do it. There were never any complaints.

"In many ways, Freddie is the typical English hero because he gives everything when he's playing and enjoys himself, but he's never been a fitness fanatic and he loves a pint.

People can relate to him as a character. He has failings but he throws body and soul into everything he does," Hussain said.

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