The extraordinary announcement came during Flintoff’s 5Live show whilst talking to Baggy Greens legend Merv Hughes.

Hughes says, with more than a hint of faux bravado: “I’ll miss the first test, that’ll be the most exciting of all time, and with Australia going one-nil up I’ll be pretty comfortable coming into the Lord’s test match.

“We’ll probably go two-nil there, and then we’ll just steam roller you from there guys.”

Flintoff replied: “Merv, if they go two-nil up in the first two test matches, I’ll run round Lord’s naked.”

Merv, showing his ever-quick wit, replies: “Huh, do you have anyone listening to your show?” As if to verify the bet.

 Listen to the whole encounter below.

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