Freddie is captain of England for the Ashes. Giles has been recalled without match experience. Vaughan will "shadow" the side in Australia. Hoo-hah. Derek Pringle, writing in The Daily Telegraph , backed Flintoff's appointment as England captain for this winter's Ashes. The Times' Simon Barnes heralds the choice of "special" Flintoff as England captain to defend the Ashes for his ability to strike fear in the opposition and inspire his team-mates. Writing in The Guardian , Mike Selvey feels that England's mini-army for the Ashes tour is a good idea after the shambles of the previous visit down under.