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Last Updated: Monday, 19 September 2005, 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK
Flintoff targets world domination
Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff has tipped England to become a "superpower" of world cricket after their Ashes defeat of Australia.

The star all-rounder said the best is yet to come from England's young side.

"We beat Australia, now we've got to be like Australia. That should be our next objective - we can do that. We can be the best team in the world.

"We want to get there and then we want to dominate. I don't think many of us have reached our prime. We are a way from being at the peak," Flintoff said.

Australia are still ranked the best side in the world despite their 2-1 Ashes reverse, but Flintoff said the mantle is there for England's taking.

We mustn't get carried away. The one thing we can do well is play cricket
Andrew Flintoff

"We're not the best country in the world in the rankings. Australia still are, and quite rightly," Flintoff told The Times.

"They've lost one series, but they have dominated for 10 years. That's got to be our objective now.

"We have got to win in Pakistan and India over the winter, win next summer in England, retain the Ashes the following winter and then try and win the World Cup.

"It's a hectic schedule, and we can't catch our breath but if we carry on in the same vein, we could be the best in the world by 2007. Become a superpower."

Flintoff's profile has blossomed in the wake of his Man-of-the-Series performance in the Ashes, but he insisted fame would not affect his cricket.

"We mustn't get carried away. The one thing we can do well is play cricket," he added.

"This has brought a lot of media attention on ourselves, but that's nothing to do with cricket.

"We've got to do that part, but I'm a cricketer. I've got many good things that have come through playing cricket.

"And playing cricket is what we have all got to look after."


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