Flintoff hails comeback kings
England captain Andrew Flintoff toasted his team-mates after they crowned the Ashes tour with one-day success.
Flintoff’s men completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sporting history to shock world champions Australia 2-0 in the finals of the Commonwealth Bank Series.
England seemed destined to catch an early plane home when they lost twice in a week in Adelaide mid-way through the tournament but they somehow ripped up the form book to qualify for the best-of-three showdown.
I didn’t manage to wake up in time (3.45am on a Sunday morning… I think not…), but when I did wake up and switch the TV on, the score was 39-2 and I thought that sounded promising, just as the rain came down. (Why couldn’t they play this at the MCG, no chance of rain there).
Every time we took a wicket it appeared that the Gods would be against us and the heavens would open, but unusually for the England team on this tour, they stood up to the plate and gave an extra effort to get the job done.
Ricky Ponting was full of praise for the England team having demoralized them in the Ashes tour he gave nothing but good words for the England team.
So the flight back in a few days won’t appear so long with the one piece of silverware in the hold. It’s only a shame that despite the way England played, the actual Ashes trophy will also be coming back to. If there was ever a time to let the holders keep the trophy, this was the tour to do so. Australia confirmed their ranking of world number one.