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Murali is tougher than Warne: Flintoff

The England all-rounder says the offie is tougher to play than Warne and that he must be spared further insinuations about his bowling action.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 14:48 IST

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff says Muttiah Muralitharan is tougher to play than Shane Warne and that the Sri Lankan must be spared further insinuations about his bowling action.

"I'm not saying I find Warney easy but Murali is the bowler who has given me most problems over the years," Flintoff said ahead of England's first Test against Sri Lanka starting at Lord's on May 11.

Flintoff said it was time that people just focus on the achievements of his former Lancashire club team-mate.

"His action has been cleared and it's time everyone just focus on his achievements," Flintoff was quoted as saying in BCC Sport.

"I have total respect for him. I know he has been hurt by the criticism over the years but he knows there won't be any from me."

Sri Lanka are to play three Tests and five one-day internationals from May 11 to July 1.

The 34-year-old Muralitharan, Test cricket's second highest wicket-taker with 614 scalps, said he wanted to make the most of what could be his last tour of England.

"It could be the last tour for me. We may not be back until 2009 or 2010. How long my career will last I don't know, so I have to make it memorable," he said.

"I hope I can play for another three years. I'll see after the World Cup how things go."