London: England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has said that winning The Ashes this summer would be the greatest feat of his career.
Recalling England's epic 2005 Ashes triumph, Flintoff, who scored 402 runs, took 24 wickets and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, said the difference back then was England believed they would win.
Andrew Flintoff fit for Oval Test
Now, as they head in the Fifth Test decider at The Oval tomorrow, he says the team"s expectations are lower because of the change and turmoil in the ranks.
England has had two coaches and four captains since June last year.
"If we win this one, it will be a far greater achievement than 2005. Our win then was fantastic but the side had performed well over a period of time and beaten everyone in the world. We played Australia expecting to win. I'm not saying we're not expecting to do it this time but the side has changed a heck of a lot over the past 12 months," The Sun quoted Flintoff, as saying.
England was then protecting a 2-1 lead, but this time they are locked at 1-1 and Australia only need a draw to retain the little urn.
It is England's biggest must-win match for a generation.
“Now, I'm just pleased to be here with an opportunity to play on Thursday - it is going to be an unbelievably good game," Flintoff said,
He is sure to be given a rousing send-off because there is no player who enjoys a closer rapport with the fans. They view him as one of their own - a big lad with talent who enjoys a beer and a night out.