Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris

Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness have been confirmed as the new hosts of Top Gear, taking over from Matt LeBlanc.

The cricket star and Take Me Out host will join motoring journalist and racing driver Chris Harris in the BBC Two show’s main presenting line-up from next year.

Flintoff, also a captain on Sky One’s A League Of Their Own panel show, said he was excited to be taking on the new role.

He said:

“It’s not often you have the chance to do both of your dream jobs, but I’m now lucky enough to say I will have.

“I’ve always been passionate about cars and I’m so excited to be joining the Top Gear team.”

Paddy McGuinness said:

“To be hosting a show I’ve watched and loved from being a small boy is beyond exciting. Top Gear fans worldwide are a passionate bunch and I consider myself one of them.”

Friends star LeBlanc announced he was leaving the motoring show earlier this year, after four series, saying he wanted to spend more time with his friends and family.