We'll bounce back, says Flintoff
After the shock loss in second Ashes Test, England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff said that he never wanted to feel like this again and promises to bounce back again.india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:33 IST
After the shock loss in second Ashes Test yesterday, England cricket captain Andrew Flintoff said that he never wanted to feel like this again, and admitted that it would now be difficult to get back into the series.
He however expressed satisfaction at the performance of his team mates in the second Test, which was mainly dominated by England during the first two days.
"The lads are bitterly disappointed and you would expect that. They gave everything. Guys like Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen and Matthew Hoggard produced some superb performances.
We’ve improved from the First Test but it’s a big challenge now to get back into the series. We can’t mope around too much. This is going to hurt but we have just over a week before the next Test.
I don’t want to feel like this ever again, so that’s a big incentive," The Sun quoted him as saying at the end of the Adelaide Oval test last evening.
Sadly for the nation, England have never come back from 2-0 down to draw or win an Ashes series, said the paper.
The hosts raced to their victory target of 168 with more than three overs to spare.
Flintoff was able to bowl nine overs, despite his sore left ankle, but admitted: "It’s not the ankle hurting at present.
For four days, we played some fantastic cricket. But we lost it in one hour this final morning. It just shows you one bad hour in Test cricket can cost the game.
I’m sure we’ll talk about this game amongst ourselves and discuss where we went wrong. We’ve got to be big enough now to bounce back. To walk off having lost, there’s a bit of shock."
First Published: Dec 06, 2006 18:56 IST