Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff taken to hospital after an accident during Top Gear filming

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff
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Freddie was airlifted to hospital after a crash while filming Top Gear.

Following the accident on Tuesday morning, the former England cricketer was airlifted to the hospital. His condition was determined to be non-life threatening.

Flintoff joined Top Gear as a host in 2019 and co-stars in the show with Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

Top Gear host Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff was injured while shooting for the BBC show.

When the accident happened, the 45-year-old was driving on the Top Gear race course at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

“Flintoff was injured in a mishap at the Top Gear test track this morning, with crew medical personnel attending the scene immediately,” a BBC spokesperson said.

Now he has been admitted to a hospital for further treatment, and we shall provide further details as soon as possible.

As per The Sun, the father of four children, who has hosted the BBC One show since 2019, was flown to the hospital following the accident but is not believed to have undergone any life-threatening injuries. Flintoff has been involved in several accidents since beginning work on the show.

The presenter was implicated in a minor issue in February 2019 when he collapsed into a street market stall in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

In September of the same year, he tumbled again when driving a three-wheeler vehicle at a claimed speed of 124 miles per hour at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire for Top Gear filming but escaped uninjured.

Background of the ex-player

Future generations may wonder what all the attention was about when they take a look at Andrew Flintoff’s professional statistics. He aggregated 31 with the bat and 32 with the ball in Tests. Despite all the talk about his intimidating fast bowling, he only had three-four among his 226 strikeouts. His one-day totals were adequate but not exceptional, and his Lancashire figures were unremarkable.

Why is he a prominent name in English cricket?

The statistics don’t show Flintoff’s presence and the enlightening effect he had on his teammates and the crowds when he was at his best. Few things are more valuable in cricket than a complete cricketer: Flintoff emerged as one of English cricket’s prominent characters, and his existence helped boost the game’s popularity across the nation at the start of the twenty-first century.

“Freddie” was chosen for England in 1998 based on promise rather than performance, and initially underperformed, hampered by weight and attitude issues. Juggernaut in and bowling at 90 miles per hour was unavoidably taxing on his ankles and knees, which took a beating from flings and surgeons’ scalpel blades.

His bowling was enthusiastic and occasionally spectacular, as when he probed out front off with an indication of spin bowling at high speed. He was consistently accurate and powerful as a batter, albeit occasionally reluctant against quality spin.

He scored a Test century or took at most 4 wickets in a game in the early 2002 New Zealand tour. He appeared to have turned up, but another injury kept him away from the 2002-03 Ashes, despite being fit enough to attend the World Cup that preceded in South Africa, where he became the most efficient bowler on show.

That began Flintoff’s golden period, which lasted three home seasons during which he was at his aristocratic best. In 2004, he bowled at his fastest rates while slamming a Test-best 167 against the West Indies at Edgbaston, where one of his seven sixes was fallen by his dad in the stands.

Then there was 2005 when he won the Ashes series and established himself as the best cricket player in the world. After England narrowly defeated Australia at Edgbaston, a picture of him comforting Brett Lee became the iconic picture for one of the best Test series.

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