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There was, for the first time in his Test career and perhaps his life, a moment’s hesitation in Ben Stokes. He had come off the field after taking 6 for 99 in his fourth Test match and was asked if he relished the fray.

Dom Joly: Cider with Freddie? Careers advice for a cricketer who has finally left the crease

Weird World of Sport: "There's a cider company in the South-west who are very keen to put you on their label"

Andrew Flintoff: Snapshots of Fred the Lionheart's career

Stephen Brenkley hails the England all-rounder who treated his adoring public to unforgettable moments on and off the pitch

Lee hails 'wonderful person' Flintoff

Australia paceman Brett Lee has described Andrew Flintoff as "an absolute beauty".

James Lawton: A warrior who forged his reputation in the heat of Ashes battle

However spectacularly hard he strived to succeed on a certain day he would never be guilty of mistaking cricket for a branch of warfare

The meaning of Andrew Flintoff

Three initial thoughts occur, on reading of the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, and ahead of the deluge of career obituaries we can look forward to tomorrow.

Strauss salutes retiring Flintoff

England captain Andrew Strauss today called Andrew Flintoff "the ultimate impact cricketer" who would put his "body on the line" for his team.

Flintoff's five best Test innings

Andrew Flintoff today retired from all cricket, bringing an end to a glittering career.

Andrew Flintoff retires from cricket

Andrew Flintoff admitted the news he has been forced to retire from cricket has not sunk in.

Andrew Flintoff: A career in pictures

Andrew Flintoff is set to announce his retirement from all forms of cricket later today.

Watson: I've thrived since giving up on being Aussie Flintoff

Shane Watson has never been the most popular of Australian cricketers and his revelation that he once dreamt of being an Englishman will not have improved his reputation Down Under.

Can Sky Sports News keep punching above its weight?

Kay Burley might wring her hands with jealousy. Adam Boulton might turn puce with anger. But there's a commercially run rolling-news channel that's now trouncing Sky News in the ratings on a regular basis.

Freddie Flintoff: A career in pictures

With the news that Andrew Flintoff's 2010 cricket season is over before it even began - the time feels right for a look back at his career highs and lows.

Flintoff plays down England's one-day success

Andrew Flintoff feels England's one-day success over Australia counts for little in relation to the Ashes and believes the two sides' forthcoming Test series against Pakistan will give a much better indication of how they might fare Down Under this winter.

Top 100 Cricketers of All Time, by Christopher Martin-Jenkins

What's this? England's Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff languishing down at No 82 in the all-time pantheon, while some Aussie called Jack Gregory is up at No 71? Ah, but look at their Test averages: Flintoff 31.77 with bat and 32.78 with ball, Gregory superior with 34.96 and 31.15.

Matt Gatward: Flintoff and Redknapp in relegation zone of their own

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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

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The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

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Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions