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Big Freddie: 100 and going strong

Today's match is the 100th one day outing for the celebrated England all-rounder.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 13:10 IST

England skipper Andrew Flintoffhad an added motivation to win the second one-dayer against India in Faridabad on Friday.

Thiswasthe 100th ODI outing for the celebrated England all-rounder, a significant milestone considering the relative inexperience of the rest of the squad.

Coach Duncan Fletcher was quick to heap praise on the match-winning 28-year-old, leading the side in absence of regular Michael Vaughan.

"It (the feat) is special, especially for an all-rounder," Fletcher said.

"It's nice to see he has got to 100 and is going pretty strong. Hopefully, with all that pressure he will continue to enjoy it. We just hope it won't get too much for him to excel in all the three departments of the game."

But Fletcher, who coached England to Ashes glory last summer, also had a word of advice for 'Freddie' who makes a lethal combination with another big hitter Kevin Pietersen.

"The duo must learn how to bat together. At the end of the day they are going to be batting together on numerous occasions," he said, referring to the first one-dayer against India when both of them gifted away their wickets just when they appeared to be taking England to victory.

"There is no use saying this could happen in a final. The more they do that now, it will be better for the side."

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 11:07 IST