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Flintoff expects world XI to perform better in Test

He said that for a group of players coming together probably playing Test might be slightly easier than ODIs.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2005 16:46 IST

England allrounder Andrew Flintoff expects the World XI to perform much better in the six-day super Test match against Australia than it did in losing all three limited-overs games.

Flintoff said on Monday the longer form of cricket would allow the World XI more time to express its talents than in the 50-overs series that the World side lost 3-0.

"It is a fine group of players coming together and in some way probably playing Test cricket might be slightly easier than the one-day game," said Flintoff.

"The one-day game is so structured and you have your own roles back in your country, and a few players had to play outside those roles. In Test cricket you just go out there and play, so there is no real structures to the game so hopefully we will be a better Test side."

Flintoff said he's a certain starter Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground despite suffering deep bruising to his wrist after being hit by a return catch from Ricky Ponting in the final one-dayer Sunday in Melbourne.

Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist agreed with Flintoff that the World side would perform better in the Test and rated the composite team as favorites.

"He is probably right (about the) longer format . . . the shorter the game the more of a bit of a lottery it can become," Gilchrist said.

"But Test matches generally the quality wins out over time, and they have great depth in quality. We feel like we have got it (as well), they will definitely put up a fight I am sure." Flintoff said it was difficult for the World XI to come together as a team.

"Playing for England and playing with a bunch of blokes you have played with for a long time with and come into a dressing room with people you don't necessarily know is going to be harder," he said. "But we are professional cricketers we have to get out there and play and to be picked for a World XI two or three years I would never have thought I would have been playing, so there is a lot of prestige involved."

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, West Indian Chris Gayle, South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini and England batsmen Kevin Pietersen drop out of the squad that contested the one-dayers.

Captain Graeme Smith, South African teammate Mark Boucher, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and England fast bowler Steve Harmison are the new players in the World Test side. Smith replaces one-day skipper and countryman Shaun Pollock.

First Published: Oct 10, 2005 16:46 IST