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Flintoff goes out on a high
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:A Flintoff
Event:Australia in British Isles 2009

DateLine: 24th August 2009

 

Andrew Flintoff enjoyed a triumphant farewell at The Brit Oval as the hosts won the fifth Test of the series against Australia with a day to spare.

 

While he wasn't able to make a contribution with the ball, Flintoff did make an impact in the field in the tourists' second innings, with a stunning piece of run out which sent Ricky Ponting packing for 66.

 

The burly all-rounder believes England's success came down to a great team effort.

 

"It's like a dream. The injuries and everything...it's for moments like this," Flintoff told.

 

"It's an amazing feeling, and I'm sure I'm going to celebrate it tonight, but at the moment I'm just taking it all in. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

 

"My contribution may have only been a run out but there have been a few question marks over my fielding, so I've put them to bed.

 

"It's just nice to be part of a great team effort. During the series I think every player has put their hand up and put a special performance in.

 

"It's surreal almost. I can't believe it - 2005 was one thing but this one is going to take some time to sink in."

 

The 31-year-old will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to try and cure the problematic right knee injury that has plagued him throughout the summer. England have already confirmed he will miss the upcoming NatWest Series against Australia and the ICC Champions Trophy.


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