Andrew Flintoff has received the most prestigious role in his post-cricket career after being introduced as one of the new hosts of the BBC's long-running car show, Top Gear .
Flintoff, who retired from cricket in 2009, was named Monday morning along with Paddy McGuinness, the presenter of the ITV dating program Take Me Out . He will replace outgoing Matt LeBlanc when the filming of the show's 27th series begins in the next few months.
"It's not often that you have the opportunity to do the two jobs of your dreams, but now I'm lucky to say I'll have it," Flintoff said. "I've always been passionate about cars and I'm very excited to join the Top Gear team."
Flintoff, who retired from Test Cricket in 2009, has forged a successful media career in recent years, including a role as team captain on the Sky show panel A League of his own and a podcast of BBC Five Live, Flintoff, Savage and Ping Pong Guy.
Your specialized knowledge of vehicles has not had the same transmission. It hit the headlines earlier this year after discovering that its 6-foot-4-inch frame was too big to fit into a new Lamborghini for which it had just disbursed 100,000 pounds sterling.
And in 2014, he successfully pleaded "exceptional difficulties" in annulling a driving ban on speeding, arguing that it would affect those who depend on his "extensive charity work", as well as the privacy of his three children .
The vehicle with which it is most synonymous, is undoubtedly the pedalo he overturned in Santa Lucia during the 2007 World Cup, a fact that will undoubtedly be a recurring theme of a program that has revolved around the interaction between your hosts.
The original trio of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, left the program en masse in 2015, and Chris Evans signed a contract with LeBlanc before leaving after a series .
Flintoff and McGunness impressed the heads of the BBC with their "infectious" chemistry. During secret auditions on a test track near London.
Patrick Holland, the controller of BBC Two, said: "This is an exciting maneuver by the Top Gear team and I am enjoying what this trio will offer, both Paddy and Freddie love their cars but, more than that, they will bring a new energetic and competitive spirit to Top Gear ".