Second Innings is Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s autobiography. It looks at his cricket career, especially the memorable Ashes summer of 2005 and the following Ashes series in Australia in which Flintoff was captain and the World Cup after that tour. Flintoff is honest throughout, looking at his own weaknesses and admitting mistakes made. Whilst being honest, he does not look to settle any scores with former team-mates or coaches. Flintoff makes it clear that he did not have the best relationship with former England coach Duncan Fletcher, but makes it very clear that Fletcher and his approach helped others in the squad a great deal.
As well as looking over his cricket career, Flintoff’s post-cricket career is also tracked. His career as a TV personality and boxer are both looked at and Flintoff is just as honest about these. Flintoff also reveals that he has two sides to his personality and explains them along with what the present and future holds for him.
The books was easy to read and very enjoyable. I read it in a couple of sittings, but was tempted to finish it in one go. There are some very funny anecdotes, with my favourite being the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar in India in 2006 when Flintoff was captain. I strongly recommend this book.
Rating (out of 5): *****