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England look to Flintoff for inspiration

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2009 23:27 IST

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England hope that the return of Andrew Flintoff will spark a revival in the third one-day international against West Indies at Kensington Oval on Friday.

Flintoff is set to return to the England line-up from his latest injury - a hip strain - for a match that could ultimately swing the series decisively.

The five-match series is tied 1-1 after a double-header in Guyana, where England fortuitously won the opening game last Friday, when West Indies accepted bad light thinking they were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis tables.

But the home team recovered from the miscalculation from their coach John Dyson to win the second match last Sunday by 21 runs.

A victory would give tourists the lead in the series again, and could jump-start the process of a strong finish to their tour of the Caribbean which has been nothing short of disappointing.

The slice of fortune England got at the Guyana National Stadium was their first victory in an international match on their travels this winter which also included a trip to India.

But England will be looking to Flintoff, their talismanic all-rounder, for inspiration.

Batting has been England’s strength for most of the trip, although the debacle in Jamaica where they were bowled out for their third lowest Test total of 51 comes to mind, and they again misfired in the second ODI.