Andrew Flintoff reveals why he named his fourth child Preston

Andrew Flintoff reveals why he named his fourth child Preston

In his international career of 12 years, Flintoff had represented England in 79 Tests and 141 ODI Internationals scoring 3845 and 3394 runs and taking 226 and 169 scalps respectively.

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Andrew Flintoff of England poses with the Ashes urn. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

England’s veteran cricketer Freddie Flintoff had surprised the world earlier this year by revealing that he and his wife Rachel Wools secretly welcomed their fourth child at Christmas last year. Freddie and Rachel have been married for 15 years now.

The two were already parents to three adorable kids namely Rocky Flintoff (12), Corey Flintoff (14) and Holly Flintoff (15). Freddie and Rachel named their newborn as Preston Flintoff in tribute to the Lancashire city that Freddie grew up in.

Sharing the news on talkSport in April, the cricketer turned TV presenter had said, “Little Preston was born at Christmas – it is the first time I’ve actually spoken about it. But yeah, we have got another baby and it has been nice spending time with him.”

The two were kind of discreet during the whole pregnancy period but Freddie had announced the news of them expecting the birth of their fourth child in October last year after Rachael revealed her bump at the Attitude Awards.

Flintoff believes the birth of his children had helped him improve professionally

The fans were pleasantly surprised as Flintoff had revealed about their fourth pregnancy as back in 2016 he had admitted that he and wife Rachael would not be having any more children and are happy with three. He had told The Sun, “We thought about it. I originally wanted five but you have three and that felt like enough. I couldn’t go back to the nappy stage now.”

The 42-year-old believes that the birth of his children had helped him improve professionally as a cricketer. He was more free and relaxed while playing the game which helped him garner more and more runs for his team. Notably, Freddie had made history with the iconic 2005 Ashes victory over Australia just after the birth of his first child Holly.

“My career at the time, I started doing really well. Everyone said that couldn’t happen, but it put everything into perspective. I actually got better,” the TV presenter told the First Time Dads Podcast.

“You start thinking, ‘You know what? I’m dressed in whites, we’re chucking a ball around and trying to hit it.’ Although it WAS the most important thing, it now isn’t. It frees you up, especially with batting. I started scoring a lot of runs because I wasn’t bothered about getting out.” he added.

In his international career of 12 years, Flintoff had represented England in 79 Tests and 141 ODI Internationals scoring 3845 and 3394 runs and taking 226 and 169 scalps respectively.