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Freddie Flintoff: Cricket prepared me for Top Gear challenge

Revving up: Freddie Flintoff with co-hosts Paddy McGuinness (left) and Chris Harris (right)

INCOMING Top Gear presenter Freddie Flintoff has said he feels unfazed by the pressure of joining the the long-running motoring show.

The former England cricketer and comedian Paddy McGuinness join Chris Harris as presenters for the new series, of which two episodes have been filmed.

Flintoff said he would channel the same competitive spirit he felt during his sporting career into making the series a success.

BBC bosses hope the new line-up will boost Top Gear’s ratings, which have fallen since the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

‘The thing I like is that I’ve always been part of a team in my previous profession,’ said Flintoff.

‘I love that, and Top Gear is like that. With (producers) Claire and Alex and everyone else, you feel part of something.

‘Pressure is only what you put on yourself. You can’t affect outside influences, I learnt that as a sportsman. You’ve got to allow yourself to enjoy what you are doing.

‘I’ve no fear of failure. As a sportsman that’s the attitude I took, and that’s the attitude I took with this. I’m in a privileged position and if I’m not enjoying it, I haven’t got half a chance.’