We can create history, says Flintoff
by CricketArchive staff reporter
DateLine: 13th December 2006
England captain Andrew Flintoff said his team was intent on creating
history when it takes on Australia in the third Ashes Test starting at
the WACA Ground in Perth Thursday.
England are 2-0 down in the five-Test series and must draw or win to
keep the series alive and have any hope of retaining the Ashes. But to
do so they would have to become the first team ever to come from 2-0
down and not lose a series.
Flintoff said the current English team was capable of turning the
"The team have been great throughout (the series)," Flintoff said.
"There's still that confidence and the calmness that we've had all
along in this trip. It's a side full of character and that character
will have to come out in this Test. We're a very close unit as a side
and we've stayed that way and we'll remain that way for the remainder
of the trip and going forward as well."
Flintoff said the English players were proud of what they had achieved
over the past three or four years.
"We want to carry on doing that and we want to carry on creating
history as a team," he said. "It's something that we're very much aware
of, that we'd be creating history if we came back into this series and
it's something that we desperately want to do."
Flintoff confirmed that England would not name their team until the
morning of the match. He said a lot of players had put in Test claims
in warm-up matches over the past week and he wanted to see what the
pitch looked like on the morning of the Test before making a final
Flintoff said his ankle was holding up well and he had no concerns
about bowling on it during the Test.