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Former players laud England's victory

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 11:31 [IST]
 
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Former players laud England's victory

London: Former English cricketers have hailed the nation's historic win over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, saying the hosts were simply brilliant throughout the match.

While skipper Andrew Strauss was praised for his tactics retiring Andrew Flintoff was lauded for his match-winning bowling performance that helped England beat Australia for the first time at Lord's in 75 years.

Flintoff rattled the visitors' batting line up yesterday with a fiery fast bowling display of five wickets for 92 runs in 27 overs.

At last 'Lords' smiles on England

Former bowling great Ian Botham said Flintoff's herculean performance on a dead Lord's pitch was the highlight of England's victory.

"Flintoff's effort was almost superhuman - because he produced a match-winning performance on a flat pitch," Botham said in the Daily Mirror.

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