Former Ashes-winning all rounder Andrew Flintoff said he once applied for the England head coach role in 2014 but claims his email was dismissed as a joke.
"A few years ago I applied for the England coaching job – we were getting beat, I was in the office and thought, 'I'm going to apply'", Flintoff told BBC's Test Match Special during the fourth test at Old Trafford on Friday.
"I wrote an email for the interview, a month passed and I'd heard nothing. I chased it up, then I got a phone call saying they thought it was somebody taking the mick."
Flintoff's England career earned him cult status. The highlight came with his series-winning contributions with bat and ball during the thrilling 2005 Ashes at home to Australia.
He was captain in 2006-07 when Australia inflicted emphatic revenge with a 5-0 hammering but was also part of the 2009 Ashes winning side.