Hassan head over heels with Flintoff inspiration

Afghanistan bowler Hamid Hassan sends down a delivery to the Scotland batsman during their Cricket World Cup match in Dunedin on February 26, 2015Cartwheeling, war-painted Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan wants to rip through Australia on Wednesday, using England Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff as his inspiration. Hassan had become a cult figure at the World Cup with a bandanna in his country’s colours wrapped tightly around his head and tiny Afghanistan flags painted onto his cheeks. His team’s remarkable rise through the cricket hierarchy faces its toughest challenge yet in Perth where 27-year-old Hassan is eager to test his pace on the WACA’s famously fast pitches. The seamer now wants to follow in the footsteps of Flintoff who sparked England’s defeat of Australia in the 2005 Ashes where he claimed 24 wickets.

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