Flintoff to boost England in second Test

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 16:31 [IST]
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Leeds: Andrew Flintoff will play his first Test for 18 months after England captain Michael Vaughan confirmed the all-rounder has been named in the team to play South Africa in the second Test, starting at Headingley on Friday.

"I always saw him more as a number seven," Vaughan said at a media conference of Flintoff, who batted at six when England won eight straight tests in 2004 and when they won the Ashes a year later.

"His style of play is attacking and given the chance he can take the game away from an opposition. He's happy there and feels comfortable and hopefully it will take some pressure off him and allow him to express himself."

"I'm very confident Tim Ambrose can go up and score runs. That is the confidence boost you need sometimes, he is hitting the ball well."

"He has only had one innings in this series. He didn't have a great one-day series, which is why people are talking about him," Vaughan added.

Although England have fielded an unchanged side for a record six successive Tests, Flintoff was widely tipped to be in the team for the first time since captaining the side at Sydney in January 2007 in a defeat that sealed a 5-0 Ashes series loss.

Since then an injury to his left ankle, which has now been operated on four times, and, more recently, a side strain have kept Flintoff out of the five-day game.

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