Freddie Flintoff making TV return to battle crocodiles in Oz

London: Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, who was a force of nature on the cricket field, is all set to launch a new series of his travel adventures and animal encounters ‘Freddie Flintoff Goes Wild’ on the Discovery Channel later this week.

The show took him to four remote locations – the Australian Outback, the Serengeti in Tanzania, the jungles of Borneo and the Discovery Islands in British Columbia, Canada – and led to encounters with assorted creepy-crawlies, rare ‘pygmy’ elephants, crocodiles and killer whales.

“I’ll be honest with you,” a daily quoted him as saying.

“I wasn’t a big fan of Australia before I came here. My last experience of this place was getting beaten 5-0 as captain,” he said.

The former cricketer is in the Northern Territory hunting with an Aboriginal family on their reserve.

“I’m in Australia, face to face with one of the world’s most dangerous predators,” he said.

He is not allowed to kill any native species himself – that’s the preserve of the Aborigines – but he does want to wrestle a croc.

“Everyone should do this. Don’t live in a bubble.” Flintoff added.