Revealed: Andrew Flintoff was once run out for England because he couldn’t move due to Viagra 

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he was once run out intentionally because he could only ‘hop’ due to the effects of Viagra.

Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, is currently promoting his second autobiography Second Innings with a nationwide stage tour during which he recounts the experience with the erectile dysfunction drug.

“It started with an article my ex-sold to the News of the World,” Flintoff told the Daily Mail. “It wasn’t very complimentary about my ‘performance’ if you get my meaning.

“So I decided I had to put that myth to bed even though I was in the middle of a Test match.

“I took three Viagra one night and didn’t realize how long they lasted. Trying to bat the next day in that state was not easy. I was run out, simply because I couldn’t move. I could only ‘hop’. It wasn’t worth it, either. Complete waste of time.”

“Let them see your eyes. Walk out as if you own the place. And that’s what I always did. The truth is that I never felt like I owned anything. It was all an act. I was just scared.”

However, it was only after his retirement the 37-year-old all-rounder realized he may suffer from the condition. After presenting a BBC documentary on depression in sports stars in 2012, Flintoff consulted his personal doctor.

“During that filming what I already knew deep down became very clear,” he said. “With me it was most apparent at the 2007 World Cup.””I took wickets and everybody was celebrating around me and I just felt nothing, absolutely nothing.

“I thought I was ill. I went to the team doctor. I had no idea what was wrong. I know now. I have seen experts about it and it was a relief to be told what it was.”

Flintoff still takes anti-depression pill on occasion to combat the illness but is happy to have a better understanding of his illness.”I have at times [taken medication], yeah,” he said. “That’s fine. I haven’t for a while, but I get checks. Everything is great at the moment, life’s good.

“Sometimes you feel something and you know it’s there again. But I know what it is and that’s reassuring. Usually, it passes.

“I reckon when I started out if someone had said something in the dressing room about depression it would have been used against them. Hopefully, it wouldn’t be now.”

Flintoff, who used to have the flamboyant presence at the crease during his international career, has also spoken about the depression which he unknowingly suffered from while he was at the top of the game.

“Cricket gave me sleepless nights,” he admitted. “David Lloyd (the former England and Lancashire coach) once told me never to put my helmet on until I got to the batting square.”

“Let them see your eyes. Walk out as if you own the place. And that’s what I always did. The truth is that I never felt like I owned anything. It was all an act. I was just scared.”

“During that filming what I already knew deep down became very clear,” he said. “With me it was most apparent at the 2007 World Cup.”

“I took wickets and everybody was celebrating around me and I just felt nothing, absolutely nothing.

“I thought I was ill. I went to the team doctor. I had no idea what was wrong. I know now. I have seen experts about it and it was a relief to be told what it was.”

Flintoff still takes anti-depressants on occasion to combat the illness but is happy to have a better understanding of his illness.

“I have at times [taken medication], yeah,” he said. “That’s fine. I haven’t for a while, but I get checks. Everything is great at the moment, life’s good.

“Sometimes you feel something and you know it’s there again. But I know what it is and that’s reassuring. Usually, it passes.

“I reckon when I started out if someone had said something in the dressing room about depression it would have been used against them. Hopefully, it wouldn’t be now.”