Flintoff inspires England to victory over Australia at Lord's
England beat Australia at Lord's for the first time in 75 years this afternoon thanks to a heroic display by Andrew Flintoff. The all-rounder, who announced his retirement from Test cricket earlier this week, claimed five for 92 and Australia, chasing a target of 522 to win, were all out for 406.
The victory puts England 1-0 up in the five match Ashes series with just three Tests remaining and Andrew Strauss' team are now favourites to repeat the success of 2005. Australia had finished well last night and remained hopeful of scoring the 209 runs needed to claim what would have been a record victory.
Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin had formed a solid partnership up until the end of play yesterday but Flintoff, despite struggling with a knee injury, claimed Haddin's wicket with the third ball of the day. Off-spinner Graeme Swann ended Clarke's resistance before Flintoff secured the win taking the wickets of Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle.