Flintoff jokingly admits England cheated in 2005 Ashes


Andrew Flintoff has jokingly conceded England cheated with their use of Gary Pratt in the 2005 Ashes series.

England ended a 18-year Ashes drought back in 2005 by defeating Australia 2-1, although their win in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge came amid controversy caused by the presence of Pratt as a substitute fielder.

Pratt came into the match for the injured Simon Jones on day three and subsequently ran out Australia captain Ricky Ponting.

Ponting was quick to express his anger towards the England team following his dismissal, with their frequent use of substitutes - said to have been done to keep key bowlers fresh - thought by many to be against the spirit of the game. 

Flintoff - man of the series in 2005 - was asked by co-host Waleed Aly on Australian television show 'The Project': "Remember in 2005 when you got that guy who was a gun fielder and he ran Ricky Ponting out? That was cheating, wasn't it?"

He replied: "Yeah. Yeah of course it was."

The all-rounder was also asked about Australia's decision to use their team masseuse as the substitute fielder in their victory over New Zealand in the day-night Test in Adelaide - which the hosts won by three wickets to take the series 2-0.

"Give him a break, he's living the dream," Flintoff added. "This poor lad day in, day out is rubbing Peter Siddle's glutes. He deserves an opportunity to get out on to the field.

"I'd have let him bat as well."