With Freddie, it's about fitness, which is a fair enough point:
"Flintoff is obviously very important to their make-up and set-up. Maybe, as we saw in 2007, if he's not 100% fit then maybe that sort of impact he can have around the team is not there. From 2005 to 2007 we saw two completely different players and that had a lot to do with the level of fitness that he had under his belt going into each series. That's where they're going to have a tough decision to make."And then, in his lovely "relaxed and rejuvenated way" he tries hinting that KP's Achilles tendon might cause problems for the side too:
"I don't know where Pietersen's at at the moment, I'm not sure how bad his problem is, but they could face something similar there as well."Maybe he just needs to validate his team since being at Trent Bridge has brought some rather unpleasant memories back. The Australians might not be half as cocky going into this series as they were in 2005, but Ricky will be damned if he doesn't get a chance to undermine the opposition in any way possible.
But wait, here's his last sly comment, this time about Strauss:
"We haven't had the chance to see him against us as a leader and under intense pressure, and hopefully over the next few months we'll get to see that."
If Ricky were a diplomat, he'd be the kind that piss you off extremely but you can't for the life of you figure out why.