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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Batting inspired Flintoff heroics
Andrew Flintoff
England hero Andrew Flintoff said his batting on day three in the second Test against Australia at Edgbaston inspired him to "the best over I've bowled".

Flintoff's 73 helped set the tourists 282 to win, and he then removed Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting within five balls as they were reduced to 175-8.

"I was still on a high from the batting and just tried to hit the pitch to see what happened," the all-rounder said.

"I was getting away movement from reverse swing which obviously helps!"

Flintoff battled through most of the day after tearing a muscle in his left shoulder early in his innings.

"I played a shot and, when I tried to clear my left arm to bring my right one through, I thought I'd put my shoulder out at first," he explained.

"It was sore for a while, I had some physio and a jab in my bum and everything seemed all right after that."

The Lancashire star boosted England from a parlous 75-6 to 182, with 51 runs coming in the last-wicket stand with Simon Jones.

We're not going to be complacent in the morning - we have to come out strong and try to finish them off
Andrew Flintoff

He was particularly harsh on Michael Kasprowicz and Brett Lee, smashing both pace bowlers for a series of sixes.

"Simon's an able batter and he showed that, hanging around and giving support. I tried to play the big shots and it's nice that a few came off," Flintoff said.

"Shane Warne is a class act and, with the way he was bowling, I thought the seamers were easier to hit."

After his aggressive batting, Flintoff then bowled with plenty of fire to take 3-34, to help put England in with an excellent chance of levelling the series.

But, despite the home side's strong position, he says they will not get carried away until the job is finished.

"We still have to take two wickets. Brett Lee is an able batsman so we're not going to be complacent in the morning," Flintoff added.

"We have to come out strong and try to finish them off. I'll have a bit of ice treatment, come back tomorrow and hopefully wrap it up."

Interview: England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff


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