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Ashes Fever Hits Flintoff's Cricket Bat Manufacturer Woodworm

HUNTINGDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 07: The Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff' signature 'Woodworm Flame' cricket bat is held aloft by the batmaker, September 7, 2005 in Huntingdon, England. Ashes fever continues to grip the country as England and Australia are currently in preparation for the final Ashes Test at the Oval Cricket ground that starts tomorrow. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 3

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Jonathan Trott of England bats during day three of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 4

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 16, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Fifth Test: Day 1

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 03: Ben Stokes of England celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Nathan Lyon of Australia during day one of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Fourth Test: Day 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Piers Morgan checks his arm after facing deliveries from former Australian cricketer Brett Lee in the nets during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Fourth Test: Day 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Piers Morgan salutes the crowd after facing deliveries from former Australian cricketer Brett Lee (2nd R) as commentator Mark Nicholas (L) and Shane Warne look on during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Fourth Test: Day 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 27: Piers Morgan salutes the crowd after facing deliveries from former Australian cricketer Brett Lee (2nd R) as commentator Mark Nicholas (L) and Shane Warne look on during day two of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 5

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: The Australia team celebrate victory and a 3-0 series win after taking the wicket of James Anderson of England during day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 5

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17: The Australia team celebrate victory and a 3-0 series win after taking the wicket of James Anderson of England during day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 17, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 4

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Shane Watson of Australia celebrates after reaching his century during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 16, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Third Test: Day 2

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Peter Siddle of Australia is congratulated by team mates after taking the wicket of Kevin Pietersen of England during day two of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at WACA on December 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 5

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 09: Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin of Australia celebrate as they win the match as last man out Monty Panesar of England looks on during day five of Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 4

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: Joe Root of England bats during day four of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 8, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 3

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Steve Smith of Australia bats during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 3

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: David Warner of Australia bats during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 3

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Graeme Swann of England receives a short ball from Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Australia v England - Second Test: Day 2

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 06: A minutes silence is observed at the Adelaide Oval as a mark of respect for Nelson Mandela during day two of the Second Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 1

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates with his team after taking the wicket of David Warner of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 1

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates with his team after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 1

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: David Warner of Australia bats during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 1

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates with his team after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australia v England - First Test: Day 1

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Stuart Broad of England celebrates with his team after taking the wicket of Shane Watson of Australia during day one of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 21, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England v Australia: 3rd Investec Ashes Test - Day Two

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Phil Hughes of Australia looks on during day two of the 3rd Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on August 2, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

England v Australia - Day Four

LONDON - JULY 24: Rain falls on the statue of W.G Grace during day four of the first npower Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Lord's on July 24, 2005 in London. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

England v Australia: 5th Investec Ashes Test - Day Two

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Alastair Cook of England hits out during day two of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England cricketer Alastair Cook poses with his medal after he was made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Britain's Queen Elizabeth during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on December 6, 2011. England's Ashes hero Cook was presented with an MBE by the Queen for his outstanding performance against Australia during the famous cricket series. The opening batsman's prolific scoring helped the national team crush their opposition Down Under last winter earning England their first Ashes victory in Australia for 24 years. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Mike Gatting arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. Gatting captained the England team in twenty-three Test matches between 1986 and 1988. He is currently the ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Sir Ian Botham OBE arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Mike Selvey arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Film Director, James Erskine, arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Alistair Campbell, former Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair, arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Sir Ian Botham OBE (R) wipes his eye as he arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket players David Gower (L), Sir Ian Botham OBE (C) and Alistair Campbell, former Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) arrive for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Sir Ian Botham OBE (R) and former cricket player David Gower (L) arrive for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Sir Ian Botham OBE arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former cricket player Sir Ian Botham OBE (R) talks to the media as he arrives for the world premiere of cricket film "From the Ashes", in London on May 10, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting annou

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting announces at a press conference in Sydney on March 29, 2011 that he will stand down as Australian Test and one-day cricket captain. Ponting, who remains available for selection in the one day and Test teams, is Australia's all-time leading Test run-scorer, yet his magnificent career is overshadowed by three Ashes series losses as captain. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting annou

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting announces at a press conference in Sydney on March 29, 2011 that he will stand down as Australian Test and one-day cricket captain. Ponting, who remains available for selection in the one day and Test teams, is Australia's all-time leading Test run-scorer, yet his magnificent career is overshadowed by three Ashes series losses as captain. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting annou

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting announces at a press conference in Sydney on March 29, 2011 that he will stand down as Australian Test and one-day cricket captain. Ponting, who remains available for selection in the one day and Test teams, is Australia's all-time leading Test run-scorer, yet his magnificent career is overshadowed by three Ashes series losses as captain. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting annou

Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting announces at a press conference in Sydney on March 29, 2011 that he will stand down as Australian Test and one-day cricket captain. Ponting, who remains available for selection in the one day and Test teams, is Australia's all-time leading Test run-getter, yet his magnificent career is overshadowed by three Ashes series losses as captain. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

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