It was revealed late today by English management officials that Andrew Flintoff, who regularly left the field of play to look after his chronically injured body, was replaced on many occasions by a robotic version of his life form, who subsequently captured the match winning wickets in the Second Ashes Test when England needed them.
The robot, named Freddy by intimates of the real Andrew Flintoff, was designed and manufactured by the Honda Corporation in Japan, a non cricket playing nation.
The robot was constructed in such a way that it mimicked Flintoff down to his typical arm raising reaction to every wicket he took. It even mimicked Flintoff's drinking behaviour away from the cricket field.
Some English cricket insiders say wilfully that "Freddy" is even smarter than the human one.
This may be the start of a cricket renaissance for poor old "Blighty" who just never seem to cope using outdated human players.
NB Australian Captain Ricky Ponting has revealed that Mitchell Johnson's poor performance was because his robotic version was using mercury rather than alkaline batteries.