During Christmas last year, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff broke the news of the birth of his and wife Rachel Wools’ fourth child.
In their 15 years of matrimony, Freddie and Rachel were already proud parents of Rocky Flintoff (12), Corey Flintoff (14) and Holly Flintoff (15).
Moreover, the couple kept the expectation of their fourth child discreet during the entirety of the pregnancy, before Rachel arrived with a bump at the Attitude Awards.
Now, the renowned cricketer turned boxer has revealed the reason behind naming his son ‘Preston’ as a tribute to the city he grew up in Lancashire.
“Little Preston was born at Christmas – it is the first time I’ve actually spoken about it. But yeah, we have got another baby and it has been nice spending time with him,” Flintoff told talkSport.
The news came in as a shocker for fans as the couple previously decided that they were not planning for more kids, back in 2016.
“We thought about it. I originally wanted five but you have three and that felt like enough. I couldn’t go back to the nappy stage now,” the former all-rounder told The Sun, earlier.
Further, Flintoff reckoned that having kids improved him as a cricketer at the professional front, where he ended up more free and relaxed.
The watershed moment of the marquee all-rounder arrived during the historic 2005 Ashes series, which came right after the birth of his first child Holly.
“My career at the time, I started doing really well. Everyone said that couldn’t happen, but it put everything into perspective. I actually got better,” the popular TV presenter told the First Time Dads Podcast.
“You start thinking, ‘You know what? I’m dressed in whites, we’re chucking a ball around and trying to hit it.’ Although it WAS the most important thing, it now isn’t. It frees you up, especially with batting. I started scoring a lot of runs because I wasn’t bothered about getting out,” Flintoff concluded.