We have the ingredients - Strauss

England v West Indies

Andrew Flintoff & England

Andrew Flintoff's inclusion proved decisive with 5-19 to snuff out West Indies' chances of victory

Captain Andrew Strauss flies home today convinced England have a squad of players with the talent and character to move forward as a one-day unit.

Strauss and England ended a troubled winter by winning a one-day series in the Caribbean for the first time.

Andrew Flintoff's 5-19, which included a hat-trick, securing a 26-run triumph in the series decider in St Lucia.

Andrew Strauss’ side shrugged off their whirlwind dismissal for just 117 in the third match of the series in Barbados to claim an historic series win and finish the winter on a high.

"It is a very satisfying win," said Strauss. "We've had our lows on this trip, quite a few of them actually but we've worked hard and had some positive moments as well.

"To get to the end of the tour and see some reward for all our hard work is very satisfying. I know the players are delighted and it's a good basis to move forward from.

"There were certainly occasions on the tour when we could have fallen apart quite comfortably especially after what happened in the first half of the winter," admitted Strauss.

"The guys didn't let that happen, kept close as a unit and we kept helping each other through those tough times - that's an important starting point if the guys are willing to help each other when times are tough.

"Hopefully we won't have too many other tough times, but it's important to know that when they come the guys are ready to stand up and be counted."

All-rounder Flintoff, who became only the third England player to complete a one-day international hat-trick after James Anderson and Steve Harmison, shared Strauss' optimistic view of the future.

"If you look at the side and the talent we've got in there we should be capable of performing consistently," said Flintoff.

"We've had a couple of slip-ups in this one-day series but we have some young players who are capable of getting better and a few older players who are helping out so I think we have the foundations there."

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