Flintoff warning to jubilant England
Tuesday 21 July 2009
Andrew Flintoff has warned England not to become complacent following their emphatic second Test victory over Australia as they attempt to emulate the stunning 2005 Ashes triumph.
The Lancashire all-rounder claimed five for 92, only his third five-wicket haul in a 76-Test England career, to secure England's 115-run triumph and claim their first Lord's Ashes win since 1934.
England's win was so comprehensive, completing their triumph before lunch at Lord's yesterday, it has increased expectations they can match the achievements of four years ago to regain the Ashes.
But Flintoff, man of the match in his final Lord's Test, has warned England not to get carried away by their 1-0 lead in the series before they assemble at Edgbaston for their next encounter in the five-match npower series.
"The worst thing now is to sit back and dine out on this," said Flintoff. "We can enjoy it, but we've got to move on to Edgbaston.
"We know Australia and they keep coming back and back at you, they have got so many special players in their dressing room so if we think for even one second that our job is done we'll get found out."
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