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Cricket: Flintoff in drink row.

FORMER England coach Duncan Fletcher has claimed Andrew Flintoff turned up for training half drunk.

The revelation comes in Fletcher's new autobiography, which had widely been expected to lift the lid on the 5-0 Ashes debacle of 2006-07 and the disastrous World Cup campaign that followed.

Flintoff was disciplined during the World Cup following the infamous pedalo incident, but Fletcher has revealed there were also drink-related problems on the Australia tour. Fletcher said: "You just hope the players do not let you down. Sadly Flintoff did.

"Fielding practice was arranged for 10am. Flintoff turned up still under the influence of alcohol.

"Flintoff was in such a state he could not throw properly. He had to pass the ball to the bloke next to him to do so. And when it came to trying to catch the ball I honestly thought I was going to hurt him, so uncoordinated was he."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2007
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