Flintoff named England's best

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been named England cricketer of the year for 2006.

The accolade comes after he was awarded the international cricketer of the year last October, which he shared with South Africa all rounder Jacques Kallis.

"To be named is a great honour," Flintoff told Reuters.

Flintoff appeared to be the obvious choice for the award after an outstanding 12 months during which England beat Australia to reclaim the Ashes.

"It's been a fantastic year for English cricket," he said. "I'm very proud to have been able to play a part in regaining the Ashes."

"The support I've received from the British public has been very humbling."

"I'm now looking forward to building on this success during what promises to be a very exciting summer for English cricket as we head towards another Ashes series and a World Cup Campaign this winter."

He will lead his country for the first time on home soil in the opening Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's this week.

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