Eng retains same squad for third Test

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

With Andrew Flintoff expected to recover from a shoulder injury, England will field the same lineup for the third Ashes cricket Test against Australia.

Eng retains same squad for third Test

London:

With Andrew Flintoff expected to recover from a shoulder injury, England will field the same lineup for the third Ashes cricket Test against Australia starting on Thursday. Flintoff was named man-of-the-match after England edged Australia by two runs at Edgbaston on Sunday to tie the series at 1-1 with three tests remaining. The burly all-rounder injured his left shoulder, but England chairman of selectors David Graveney said Monday it didn't seem to bother him during the post-match celebrations. "As far as his shoulder is concerned he is going to be OK. He didn't have any trouble lifting up a can of beer anyway,'' Graveney said. He praised Flintoff's performance in scoring 73 to hold England's second innings together and then taking 4-79 when the Australians fell just three short of victory. "It was an outstanding performance. If you win the man-of-the-match award in front of Shane Warne, who had an outstanding game, you have to put in some excellent batting and bowling which he did,'' Graveney said. Warne took 10 wickets in the game and hit 42 runs to push Australia close to a victory that looked unlikely at 175-8 with 107 still to get. "The partnership at the end of the second innings with Simon Jones, as England moved from 131 for nine to 182 all out was probably a defining moment,'' Graveney said. "Also, when Australia were chasing 282 they got off to a really good start and things were going flat for us, suddenly he gets Justin Langer out and then Ricky Ponting.'' Graveney said he was not worried about the poor batting form of England captain Michael Vaughan, who scored only three and four in Australia's 239-run victory at Lord's, and 24 and one at Edgbaston. "One of the main reasons for our success over the last two years is the spirit within the team and the captain creates that,'' Graveney said. "The coaches on both sides will be a little disappointed and a little concerned at the failure of batsmen to get bigger scores. People will write about Michael being bowled out cheaply but he will bounce back at Old Trafford.'' Squad: Michael Vaughan (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones, Ashley Giles, Matthew Hoggard, Stephen Harmison, Simon Jones, Chris Tremlett. (AP)

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