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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 September, 2003, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
We always knew we would win
James Anderson
By James Anderson
England and Lancashire fast bowler

It was an amazing comeback by England at The Oval.

Despite what people might think, we were actually happy after the first day's play because we had taken four wickets on such a flat pitch.

It gave us a real boost when I got Neil McKenzie out last ball of the first day.

We were then confident we could bowl them out cheaply the next day and that's what we did.

And with our batting line-up we knew we had a great chance of passing their score.

Marcus Trescothick deserved a big score because he has not had much luck this summer and has been working hard on his game so to get a double ton was great. He played exceptionally well.

James Anderson
I am hoping it will all click into place one day

Graham Thorpe deserves a lot of praise for coming back into the England fold and scoring a century.

And what can I say about Andy Flintoff's 95 off 104 balls?

The main thing for Freddie is to go out there and be Andrew Flintoff, not try to be Ian Botham or anyone else.

I am sure he's just going to get better and better.

We bowled well as a unit, with Martin Bicknell and Steve Harmison deserving their four wickets each and they set up the win nicely.

I am nowhere near where I want to be at the moment but I am still learning.

I am happy I can take a lot from this series and then build on it for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

I have found the whole summer, stepping up to Test level, quite tough though.

The two lots of back-to-back Tests were draining and the media put a lot of pressure on you as well when you're not playing well.

My lack of consistency has been frustrating but I am hoping one day it will all click into place and I will get everything right at once, the pace, swing and accuracy.

Having had such a long season, I have a few niggles which the Lancashire physio Craig Smith will be working on.

It means I won't be playing for Lancashire again this season which is a shame because they are still fighting for the Championship and National League Two titles.

I'm heading back to Burnley to spend some quality time with my family and friends
I am pleased I have got a few weeks off now to rest - and recover from our celebrations after winning The Oval Test.

We had a few beers and a sing-song in the dressing room and then went to a fancy London restaurant to give Alec Stewart a good send-off.

A few of us then went out on the town and I don't know what time I got back but it was the early hours.

Thankfully I had a lie-in so I didn't suffer too much of a hangover.

I'm heading back to Burnley to spend some quality time with my family and friends.

And I've been invited to Michael Vaughan's wedding in a couple of weeks' time too.

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