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Possibility of a result still there: Flower
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:A Flower
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 2nd August 2009

 

England coach Andy Flower said a positive result for his side is still possible in the third Ashes Test despite the third day at Edgbaston being completely washed out.

 

The hosts, who are 1-0 up in the series, were due to resume on 116-2 in reply to Australia's first-innings total of 263.

 

Despite a mixed weather forecast on the final two days, Flower said he wants his his side to press hard during the remainder of the match.

 

The Zimbabwean even went to state that England would be prepared to risk aggravating Andrew Flintoff's knee problem in pursuit of victory.

 

"(Groundsman) Steve Rouse has said we might get 70 overs in (on Sunday), and that would be a godsend if we did," said Flower, after the first complete washout of an Ashes Test in England since the opening day at Lord's in 1997.

 

"You can see how quickly things can happen in a game, so a result is definitely possible."

 

Flower said he is thankful to Andrew Flintoff for playing.

 

"I'm thankful he's playing. It's great that he's playing - but given his injury record, you're never sure how long you're going to have him for.

 

"We don't look any further forward than this game. We've got to try and win it and then make decisions thereafter.

 

"There will be quite a lot of wear and tear on him on that heavy outfield if we do bowl on it for any period of time, but he'll be doing everything he can to win this game for England."


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