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Freddie Flintoff: 'I'd never do Strictly, I'm A Celebrity'

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Freddie Flintoff, who broke the Guiness World Record for kissing the most people in 30 seconds

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Freddie Flintoff has said that he will never compete on reality shows like I'm a Celebrity and Strictly Come Dancing.

The former England cricketer said that he felt "really lucky" to have been offered TV work since his retirement, but would only sign on to projects he felt passionate about.

When asked in a discussion about A League Of Their Own's physical challenges if there was anything he wouldn't do, Flintoff joked: "Yeah, I'm a Celebrity, Strictly, quite a few things."

He continued: "I'm in a really lucky position at the minute. I didn't want to stay in cricket, I didn't want to be a pundit. I wanted to try other things and hopefully it will continue."

Flintoff said that he still gets nervous before taping A League Of Their Own and sometimes struggles with the transition from sports star to TV personality.

"It's tough at times," the athlete told journalists including Digital Spy. "Sometimes you say things which you think [are] really funny and it's a tumble weed. Then Jack [Whitehall] will say 'underpants' and everyone will fall about laughing.

Freddie Flintoff Record Breakers

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"I'd be lying to say I didn't miss being out there playing, but I've found something which I'm passionate about. It's a definite adjustment... the thing about cricket was I knew exactly where I was, it was measurable. With this, it's almost like starting out again."

Flintoff also confirmed that there would not be a second series of his extreme sports programme Freddie Versus The World, but played down suggestions that his wife banned him from making the show.

"I didn't tell her everything I was doing," he admitted. "They wanted to do another series of it, but my concern with that was... I'm not a massive adrenaline junkie.

"It was good fun and it was like a learning curve as well, spending time in front of the camera. That's what I want to do and I want to improve in what I'm doing."

A League Of Their Own returns for a fifth series on Friday, April 20 at 9pm on Sky1.

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