The Lancashire all-rounder bounced back from a fourth ankle operation and a side strain to be Man of the Series in England"s 4-0 NatWest Series romp against South Africa.
Freddie finished as the leading wicket-taker and run-scorer and has also become new skipper Kevin Pietersen"s right-hand man, The Sun reported.
Flintoff, regarded as a disruptive influence towards the end of ex-coach Duncan Fletcher"s reign, said: “I think I"m a better cricketer and better person for those dark times."
“When you experience tough times, better times are that much sweeter. It"s a complete reversal from six months ago and I"m absolutely loving it at the moment," he added.