London, Aug 25 (ANI): Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff stunned England fans when he emerged from boozy celebrations sober, and said how the emotion of the day moved him to tears.
Flintoff clutched cans of Red Bull as he modestly denied he was one of the all-time greats.
Flintoff, who quit Test cricket because of a knee injury, said: "Look at the greats of our game. Garry Sobers, Ian Botham, Ricky Ponting have achieved greatness over a long period of time. I've done it occasionally. I'm happy and proud but as for greatness? Nah."
Flintoff recalled the atmosphere in the dressing room after England wrapped up a 2-1 series win at the Oval.
"There was the euphoria of an Ashes win and the realisation that I will never wear the whites for England again. I sat in my corner, the place I always sit at the Oval, while the lads were celebrating and jumping around," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
"There was a tear in my eye. Then I saw a TV camera and I thought, 'Nobody is going to see me crying'. So I nipped into the toilet and gave myself a minute to pull myself together - then got on with celebrating," he said.
Flintoff, 31, said: "I remember 2005 - contrary to popular belief! I lived for the moment then and celebrated hard. But this time it was something I savoured."
According to the paper, first the families joined players, including skipper Andrew Strauss, in the dressing room.
There were drinks with the defeated Australians before England's stars moved on to a 10,000 pounds champagne party in a plush hotel at London's Tower Hill - still in their grass-stained kits.
Flintoff's parents, wife Rachael and kids Holly, five, Corey, three, and Rocky, one, joined him. He said: "It was very different but in a lot of ways far more enjoyable."
Two hours later, at 1am, Flintoff went to his room saying: "I'm too old and too p****d to party." (ANI)