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Last Updated: Monday, 18 December 2006, 16:10 GMT
Flintoff hopes to avoid whitewash
Shane Warne and Andrew Flintoff
Although we're 3-0 down the crowd have stayed behind and clapped us and supported us

Andrew Flintoff
England captain Andrew Flintoff has immediately turned his attention to the last two Ashes Tests after Australia won back the Urn with victory in Perth.

Uppermost in his mind will be the need to avoid losing both of the final Tests which would give Australia a 5-0 sweep.

A philosophical Flintoff said: "The Ashes have gone now, but we've got to come back hard and can't mope around.

"We've got two big Test matches still in an Ashes series and we want to give a good account of ourselves in them."

Flintoff's stint as captain could end after the final Test in Sydney with Michael Vaughan approaching full fitness.

But he wants to end the series on a high note.

He said: "The disappointment has in some ways set in now, but it will feel worse the day after. It'll be a tough few days.

"But I hope we enjoy our Christmas and then hit them hard on Boxing Day."

Four years ago, Nasser Hussain's team also lost the Ashes in Perth, but produced a more encouraging performance despite losing the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Then, in Sydney, they beat Steve Waugh's men through an inspired Andy Caddick performance and England will need similar steel to avoid a whitewash this time.


On that occasion, the England fans roared their team past the winning post, and Flintoff is conscious that supporters have already travelled far and wide to see three defeats in succession.

He said: "I'd like to thank the fans. I've been out there and seen all the lads and the women out there singing.

"I just want to thank them for their support. They've been terrific and they're still sticking with us.

"Just going over there and seeing what it means to so many people, although we're 3-0 down the crowd have stayed behind and clapped us and supported us.

"A few more people will be coming out over the Christmas and New Year period and we want to do something.

"We want to win a Test match and we want to put smiles on people's faces.

"Stick with us because we're trying and we'll continue to do so."

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