Flintoff smiles on birthday night out a year after cricket icon’s Top Gear crash

Freddie Flintoff has been snapped smiling while celebrating his birthday with his family – a year on from his horrifying Top Gear smash.

The TV star former England cricket hero has gradually returned to the public eye following his car crash while filming a stunt for the BBC show. The 130mph crash left him with appalling facial injuries which have taken months to heal.

As part of his reintroduction to public life, Flintoff joined up with England’s backroom team for one-day series against New Zealand in the summer and is now preparing to jet off to the Caribbean for the T20 leg of the tour of the West Indies. This week, he has been celebrating his 46th birthday with his family, with wife Rachael and son Corey posting pictures on social media.

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In one snap, Flintoff is sat smiling in a flat cap and sunglasses while on a fairground ride at a winter wonderland. Fans were delighted to see to cricket icon enjoying life after suffering what have been called life-altering injuries in his Top Gear smash.

Flintoff secured a £9million settlement with BBC Studios, which make Top Gear. Both parties are said to happy with the agreement and could even work together again.

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A BBC Studios spokesman said: "BBC Studios has reached an agreement with Freddie that we believe supports his continued rehabilitation, return to work and future plans. We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and will continue to support him with his recovery."

For now, Flintoff’s focus is on cricket and helping England to a series win over the West Indies. It is understood he is flying out to Barbados this week ahead of five T20s, the first of which is next Tuesday.

The former Lancashire star, who will coach the Northern Superchargers in next year’s Hundred, has most recently been in Abu Dhabi for an England Lions winter training camp. He said: "My time with the England men's team has been a reminder of just how special cricket is to me."

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