Captaincy stint was lowest point of my career: Flintoff

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Mumbai, Nov 10 (UNI) Admitting that 'captaincy' was one job too many for him, England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff asserted that he felt isolated when his team performed poorly under his captaincy and most of the criticism was directed at him.

Speaking to 'Daily Mail' in an interview, the allrounder, who led England in 11 Tests (seven of which England lost) and 14 ODIs (10 of which England lost), termed his captaincy stint as the 'lowest point of his career'.

''In hindsight, the captaincy was one job too many for me.'' ''And when we were getting hammered out there, it was a lonely one as well,'' he said.

''Blame was flying in all directions and a lot was assigned to me.

What happened then was that self-preservation kicked in among some of the players. It was human nature, they started looking after themselves and retreated into their own groups,'' he stressed.

''I felt isolated. It was the lowest point of my career and, having been through it, I would never let a captain I played for go through that experience,'' he noted.

Playing a superb innings here yesterday, Flintoff with his unbeaten 85-ball century led England to 297 for four and restricting the hosts Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) 175 for eight in their 50 overs.

England won the opening match of their tour of India with an authoritative 122-run victory over the hosts.

However, with the century, Flintoff also announced his return to international cricket as the all-rounder has been beset by injuries and this was his first ton since the 2005 Trent Bridge Test in Ashes series against Australia.


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