The former England all-rounder, who has been playing for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, was invited to join a training session at the Gabba where the tourists were preparing to face India in the Tri-Series.
Flintoff last represented his country in 2009, so linking up with England was a thrill for the 37-year-old.
“For me it was a great day out. I got some kit and putting the three lions back on is amazing – it’s like a suit of armour,” he told BBC Test Match Special.
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“When Clark Kent goes into a phone box and comes out in his Superman suit, that’s what the England kit does to you. It makes you feel bigger, faster, sharper.”
The nine-wicket victory put England on course for the Tri-Series final, and provided encouragement for their World Cup chances.
“England are on the verge of doing something special in this form of the game,” said Flintoff, speaking yesterday.
“The belief will grow with performances like today. Bowling out India was a fine sight. They have got fine players. With the personnel they have, they can really form a formidable side going into the World Cup.”
“I was only meant to be playing three games, but when I landed in Brisbane I was told I was going to play all of it. I had gone from zero degrees in my car and going to my local gym to a 38-degree net session,” he added.
As an ex player It’s the greatest compliment to be welcomed back into the dressing @ECB_cricket ! Thankyou
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“It was a baptism of fire but the lads in the dressing room accepted me for what I was doing – I was trying my best but it wasn’t as good as I thought I could have been.
“It was nice to score some runs, but it would have been good to have taken a few more wickets and to have helped the team a bit more.”
“At this moment in time, I don’t know,” he replied.
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