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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.

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