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We would continue to attack Flintoff: Warne

Ricky Ponting's men are keen to become just the second Australian side, and first in 85 years, to complete a 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 00:52 IST

Spin wizard Shane Warne has said the Australians will continue to attack England captain Andrew Flintoff in order to keep the opposition under pressure in the remaining two Tests of the series.

Warne said though Australia had won the Ashes, it would continue to keep Flintoff under pressure.

"We know what a special player Freddie is and the impact he can have on his side," the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket said, adding "so it is important not to give him a bit of a sniff with either bat or the ball."

Warne said while he empathised with Flintoff, he would not let up on him.

"One of the key things of our side is to keep the opposition captain down," Warne was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun.

"I feel for him. He's got a big burden with everything on his shoulders. He probably has not had the series he would have liked, but I still think it is the right decision that he is the captain now (Michael) Vaughan is not there."

The Australians have long made it their priority to target rival captains, believing that if the leader is conquered, his followers will fall.

It is not going to get any easier for Flintoff as Ricky Ponting's men are desperate to become just the second Australian side, and first in 85 years, to complete a 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

"England are going to play for pride in the next two Test matches to try and get something back for the rest of the series," Warne said.