Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Can't Copy Our Success in Ashes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Can't Copy Our Success in Ashes

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Byline: By Richard Gibson

Andrew Flintoff admits it will be impossible to reproduce the spirit which prevailed in England's Ashes win over Australia, but expects a better showing from the World XI.

Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff and his fellow global stars were whitewashed in the one-day section of the Super Series, a matter of weeks after he played an integral role in Australia's first Test series defeat for four-and-a-half years.

Now, whether a collection of the best talent on the planet can gel into a team with the necessary motivation to challenge Ricky Ponting's men is a point of debate ahead of the six-day Test at the SCG.

"It is difficult to replicate what happened in the summer in England," conceded Flintoff.

"Playing for England with a group of blokes you play with all the time and then coming into a dressing room full of people you don't know is always going to be harder.

"You get a group of players together and it doesn't necessarily make a team, I think that showed a little bit.

"But we are professional cricketers, we have got to get out there.

"Two or three years ago I couldn't imagine being picked for a World XI, so there is a lot of prestige and a lot of pride involved.

"We have come here to play cricket against the best side in the world, you want to put a good show on when you get picked for a side like this, you haven't come here to embarrass yourself or play poorly.

"We will have to play better, obviously, to compete with Australia and if we want to beat them we will have to improve dramatically, which I am sure we can do.

"We have got a lot of good players in the dressing room and some of us will have to come to the party."

The formulaic structure to limited-overs cricket may have also weighed against the international stars under the Telstra Dome roof, against an Australian side fired by their desire to show the England tour was a minor blip in their reign as number ones. …

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