Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More Needed Says Flintoff

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

More Needed Says Flintoff

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Byline: Test Cricket

Andrew flintoff admitted the final session of the penultimate day had severely damaged England's chances of getting a positive result out of the second Test against India.

India won by nine wickets after England had only reached 181 all out after resuming on 112 for five to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with only one Test remaining.

Although he acknowledged the first-innings total of 300 was probably not sufficient, the England skipper pinpointed the loss of five wickets yesterday as key and admitted the batsmen needed to perform.

Flintoff said: "Sunday night was probably the killer, losing five wickets.

"India are a fine side but I think we are coming together. We are a young team. The batters need to go on and score big runs like (Rahul) Dravid does.

"Being captain is something I'm enjoying."

Captain Dravid was unbeaten on 42 as India eased to victory although he was lucky to survive when Andrew Strauss dropped him off the bowling of Monty Panesar and he paid tribute to his side.

"It was terrific, I'm really proud of the boys," he said. "After losing a lot of time to the weather we had to put up a really good performance to win this game.

"We've got some young kids coming through and some of the old guys performed as well so we've got a good blend of youth and experience.

"We've got to look at various options and see how it goes but England showed in the Ashes that if you play five bowlers you can win matches."

Anil Kumble passed the 500-wicket mark in Mohali and was named man of the match. He said he had never foreseen reaching such a landmark.

Kumble said: "Not really, I just wanted to get some wickets in my first Test and never thought I would reach that point.

"It was important for us after losing so much time in this Test to weather, we had to get some early wickets and put pressure on England. I thought we did really well."

England coach Duncan Fletcher was frank in his assessment of the defeat and admitted it was imperative the team scored more runs.

He said: "No one really enjoys losing but you must appreciate we have a lot of players missing. …

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