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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 09:53 GMT
Flintoff ahead of Botham - Sobers
Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff
Botham and Flintoff - two English heroes a generation apart
Sir Garfield Sobers, arguably the greatest all-rounder in cricket history, says Andrew Flintoff has already surpassed Ian Botham.

England ace Flintoff, favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year, is a more conscientious batsman than 1980s hero Botham, says the West Indian.

"Flintoff builds his innings more so than Ian," Sir Garfield said in an interview for BBC Radio Five Live.

"That's the reason why I feel Flintoff is a better all-rounder than Ian."

Sir Garfield had a batting average of 57.78 after 93 Tests and took 235 wickets at 34.03 apiece.

He said: "Ian would go in and play a lot of shots and if he got out people would say that's the way he plays.

"In a difficult situation, as you saw in the Ashes, Flintoff went in and he got himself on top and then he started to explode.

"That to me is a player - one who can build an innings."

Flintoff, from 54 Tests, already has 158 wickets at a better average than Sir Garfield achieved.

But his batting record is some distance behind the West Indian's.


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