Freddie Flintoff said he was happier to land his new Top Gear job than when he was first chosen to make his professional cricket debut.

The A League of their Own regular and former cricketer will co-present Top Gear next year alongside Take Me Out's Paddy McGuinness, following Matt LeBlanc's decision to depart the series.

Speaking on his BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Flintoff, Savage and The Ping Pong Guy, the 40-year-old said he had no idea whether he would get the job after auditioning some time ago.

"I had a car full of kids, and Rachael (wife Rachael Wools Flintoff) was driving," he said.

"I was in the back, actually. I got out of the car to take the call, and I kid you not, it was like getting the phone call to be picked for England.

"It was a very similar emotion. Even in some ways more... I was happier!

"Because, when I got picked for England, I was a kid. I was 20, and it was out of the blue. Where this time, it was, 'Come on!'

"So, I can't wait!"

Flintoff said the show is his dream job, "I'm not just saying this," he said. "Genuinely, one job in television to do, apart from hosting Question Time, it'd be Top Gear."

LeBlanc's final series as host will air next year

LeBlanc's final series as host will air next year, with Flintoff, McGuinness and Harris to begin filming their first season in early 2019, which is set for release in the latter part of the year.

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