England cricket's man of the moment Andrew Flintoff yesterday thanked the British public for the support they had shown the team during the Ashes.
The all-rounder, who became England's latest hero after his performance in the second test against Australia at Edgbaston at the weekend, said the supporters' enthusiasm had "lifted" the whole team.
And Flintoff, who credits his wife Rachael, for helping him quit his laddish lifestyle, said he would be staying on the wagon until after the third Test at Old Trafford.
He pledged to stay off the booze despite being surrounded by temptation yesterday when he arrived at Old Trafford to launch a sponsorship deal with Thwaites brewery.
He said: "I didn't get a chance to celebrate properly after Edgbaston, and won't until the final ball is bowled at Old Trafford."
He added: "The support and enthusiasm that the British public is showing for the Ashes has lifted us all and we'll do everything we can to repay the public for their support."
Flintoff sealed a place in cricket history as England battled to a two-run win over Australia at Edgbaston.
The win was the narrowest victory in 123 years of Ashes tests and said to be the most thrilling Test match of all time.