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Flintoff again the talisman as England defeat Australia
Lord’s rose to its feet to acclaim Andrew Flintoff after his five wickets helped England beat Australia by 115 runs to go 1-0 up in the Ashes series.
The home crowd was especially delighted given England had not beaten the old enemy at the home of cricket since 1934.
It was also a bitter sweet moment as Flintoff is due to retire from tests at the end of the series.
It doesn’t look like he is up for being persuaded otherwise but if the burly all-rounder can again lead England to a home Ashes victory like in 2005, he will be in English cricket hearts forever.
What next for Ricky Ponting’s Australian side? After failing to close out a win in the first test in Cardiff, they face a 1-0 deficit with three to play. These Aussies are made of sterner stuff so expect some more twists in the coming weeks.
PHOTO: England’s Andrew Flintoff (C) celebrates after bowling Australia’s Nathan Hauritz during the second Ashes test cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London July 20, 2009. REUTERS/Philip Brown