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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Vaughan pays tribute to bowlers
Steve Harmison and Michael Vaughan celebrate a breakthrough
Michael Vaughan saluted his bowlers for setting up England's three-wicket win in the fourth Test against Australia.

"We lost Simon Jones for the second innings but the bowlers who came out were outstanding," the skipper said.

"The way they bowled on a flat wicket was tremendous. We didn't want to chase too many because the wicket was wearing and we knew Warne would have a big say.

"To get over the line is great and we now want to make sure we win the Ashes and play as well at The Oval."

Vaughan was also fulsome in his praise for Australia for playing their part in "another epic game".

"It's been tense and full credit to Australia, they don't know when they're beaten. All the games seem to be so tense," he explained.

"But a huge amount of credit goes to England too - we've met many challenges in the last year and we've been asked a few questions in the past few weeks.

If we can play the way we have done in the last two days at the start of the next Test hopefully there will be a different result
Ricky Ponting

"We've produced three outstanding performances and that takes some doing against a very good team.

"The last three games have been fantastic to play in and I'm sure the Oval will be no different."

Man of the match Andrew Flintoff admitted his nerves had been frayed by the tense finale to the game.

England lost wickets at regular intervals before eighth-wicket pair Ashley Giles and Matthew Hoggard saw them home.

"When I got out I sat next to Andrew Strauss and I was gripping him, hitting him and doing all sorts," the all-rounder - who made a century in England's first innings - admitted.

"Hoggy has been my hero today, he led the attack from the front and we're proud of him and Ashley for knocking the last few runs off."

Once I was out there I felt in control of the situation
Ashley Giles

Hoggard said his late heroics were a reward for the work he has been putting in in the nets.

"That's up there with my best innings," he said. "I've been working hard on my batting - four years ago I was a complete rabbit!

"Now I can block up an end. It's been a quiet series for me but everyone has contributed and today I managed to play my part."

The tension was visibly getting to some of England's players on the balcony and Giles said the best place to be was out in the middle.

"It was a little bit nerve-wracking up there - it was worse sitting up there," he admitted.

"But once I was out there I felt in control of the situation, adrenalin kicks in and you know what your job is, although when Warne is bowling like that it's tricky.

"Brett Lee was bowling 90mph inswingers and it wasn't easy but Hoggy played him beautifully.

"But thankfully we got one away and the extra-cover drive Hoggy played will stick with me for life."

Interview: England captain Michael Vaughan


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