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Skipper Flintoff praises the Raina effect

England may have missed a second spinner in their line-up on a turning track but captain Andrew Flintoff on Friday defended the decision to go with one specialist slow bowler in the match.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 19:24 IST

England may have missed a second spinner in their line-up on a turning track but captain Andrew Flintoff on Friday defended the decision to go with one specialist slow bowler in the match.

Flintoff said the team was picked keeping in the mind the conditions and the defeat was largely because of the partnership between Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"We picked the side according to what we thought. We were in the game before Raina-Dhoni partnership clinched the game for India. We were going great guns till then," Flintoff said. He said there were a few positives that his team could take from the defeat. "Today was better than the other day (at Kotla). Some of he positives were the innings of Andrew Strauss and the mature knock of Pietersen."