Flintoff inspires England to fine win over Australia

Sunday 19th July 2009

Second Ashes Test, Lord’s
England 425 & 311-6 declared beat Australia 215 & 406

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH Andrew Flintoff (pictured) put in a heroic spell of fast bowling as England took a one-nil lead in the Ashes series against Australia. In his final Test appearance at Lord“s, ‘Freddie“ defied his injuries to take three of the five wickets England needed in an extraordinary 10-over spell. Flintoff finished with 3-43 on the day, and 5-92 in the innings, as England ended a 75-year wait for a win against Australia at the home of cricket.

With the game seemingly in the balance, going into the final day, Flintoff and spinner Graeme Swann bowled beautifully as England wrapped up a 115-run win before lunch on the final day of the second Test.
Flintoff had wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who had survived for more than three hours on Sunday, caught at second slip by Paul Collingwood for 80 and his long-stay batting partner, Michael Clarke, was the second man to fall in the day, for 136, coming down the track to Swann.

Flintoff completed things, taking the wickets of Nathan Hauritz and Peter Siddle, while Swann also took the wicket of Mitchell Johnson for a well-crafted 63.

The third Ashes Test match starts in ten days time when England and Australia battle-it-out at Edgbaston.

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