There is never a shortage of bandwagons in sport and the latest, which everyone is now anxious to board, bears the banner "Flintoff to be given the England captaincy."
It follows a hugely successful 22-day occupancy of the hottest leadership seat in sport and it is true that 'Freddie' could have done no more.
He inspired a patched-up side to win a Test match against India in their own backyard - and there is no more difficult place in the world to win than on the sub-continent.
He brought a new meaning to the oldest cliche in the book - to lead from the front - and fully deserved the Man of the Series award with 264 runs , four successive fifties giving him an average of 52.80 and 11 wickets from 105 overs of sweat and toil.
His captaincy was always going to be tactically sound. He has the same streetwise brain as Ian Botham - not unusual for an all-rounder, because they can think instinctively like a bowler, unlike specialist batsmen.
All of which adds up to the complete captaincy package. Or does it? What the enthusiastic coach Duncan Fletcher, chairman of selectors David Graveney and opener Andrew Strauss forget is the inevitable wear and tear the job induces, mentally as well as physically.
Not on tour perhaps, especially for a matter of weeks but, at home during a five-month season, you are never left in peace and every captain in living memory has had a defined shelf life.
Some lasted longer than others but only Michael Brearley has proved impervious to off-field pressures that have been too much for every captain since 1982 except, possibly Mike Gatting. He, of course, suffered from a procedural dismissal which will never be repeated.
There is no calmer man - apparently - than Michael Vaughan but he is like the proverbial duck in water. They look unruffled on the surface, but are paddling away like mad below the Plimsoll line.
This correspondent has seen him under unrelenting media pressure on two tours and several home series and it would need a superman type to stay polite and available for the banal questions levelled at him by people who only want to find a cheap "quote" headline.
The job is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week task which soon becomes a chore. The workload off and on the field is massive and that is why the sooner the Flintoff bandwagon is derailed, the better for everyone concerned.
Yet coach Duncan Fletcher, chairman of selectors David Graveney, Andrew Strauss and senior ECB officers are playing a dangerous game if, as seems likely, they will turn to Flintoff if Vaughan's knee injury rules him out for some of this summer.
Fletcher says: "His field placings were good. Matt Maynard [batting coach] said several times we would do this or that and, a few balls later, he'd do it. Sometimes, he'd be ahead of you and you'd say "bloody good move, Fred'."
Graveney says: "Some people questioned whether Andrew could be the force he is as a player if he had to deal with the captaincy, but he could not have done the job any better."
As you would expect, Strauss is even more fulsome. "He's always been influential in the dressing room. He's always had that aura that he could lead, but you never know whether it's going to bring out the best in you or not and I think, with Freddie, it definitely has."
This praise is deserved, but must be put into context. He always has been one of the boys. He made a supreme gesture of cancelling a trip back home for the birth of his second child. He had to integrate a clutch of debutants and, with his "we're all in this together" approach, his troops would have followed him anywhere. Everyone was on a high and India were finally swept away. Magnificent stuff but, as happened after the Ashes last summer, the resultant wave of euphoria can be just as counter-productive.
Flintoff revels in being among his mates, but he cannot remain so on a permanent basis. He will be party to selection decisions, some of which are far from popular and he will need to criticise players.
The most effective compromise is to make him captain of the England one-day team, even though it did not work out for Nasser Hussain. It can with Vaughan, if only because he has never been as successful a batsman in the shortened game and that wretched chronic right knee will be an inhibiting factor in the hurly-burly of 50-over contests.
Following the coming series of seven matches in India in the next 19 days, there are ten nicely-spaced contests against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer, before the Champions Trophy in India next October and November.
Much will depend upon the squad, because the World Cup begins in 12 months and, unlike the Test team which goes from strength to strength as it grows in depth, the oneday squad is still a mix-and-match hotchpotch.
Fletcher must follow the example set by Australia, who play their cricketers in both teams. Vikram Solanki and Matthew Prior are unlikely to play Tests, as are several others who are in India.
Admittedly, the return of most of the absentee regulars should mean a duplication for both teams, although Marcus Trescothick is one of three main worries. The chronic injuries of Vaughan and Ashley Giles are the other two.
The Somerset man is back in the nets at Taunton in preparation for the season and says he will be available for England. It appears that the strain of touring has been too much for him and his family, and what has not been clarified is his availability between October and April 2007 for the most arduous itinerary ever imposed on an England side.
If he is unavailable, then the selectors have to decide how best to deal with the first real case of burnout.