Flintoff can go out on high - Anderson
James Anderson believes Andrew Flintoff has enough left in his locker to produce one last “magic” Test performance for England.
Flintoff, whose 5-92 at Lord’s helped England win the second Test, is set to play his final Test before five-day retirement in the Ashes decider at the Brit Oval.
A knee injury kept the former captain out of the fourth Test at Headingley Carnegie, where England suffered an innings-and-80-run defeat to leave the series square at 1-1.
But fellow Lancashire paceman Anderson believes Flintoff can deliver one final performance to turn the series in England’s favour.
“I’m sure he has one more push left in him and I’m sure he feels like he has one more left in him. It will take a lot for him to miss out on Thursday,” Anderson said.
“That final spell at Lord’s when he took that five for showed how destructive he can be when he’s on form. We’ve all seen it in the past as well he can bowl these magic spells and we’ll be looking for more of that this week.
“Being his last Test he’s very keen to be in that team come Thursday morning. He wants to go out on a high.
“Everyone wants to win the Ashes but if Fred could win the Ashes with his last Test it would be huge for him.”
Flintoff bowled and batted while wearing a knee brace during yesterday’s practice session at the ground where England won the Ashes in 2005.
The all-rounder is well rested, having missed out at Headingley Carnegie, and Anderson believes Flintoff’s omission from the fourth Test could work in England’s favour.
“That extra time from not playing at Leeds and being off this week might have done him good by giving his knee a break and he will be raring to go on Thursday,” he said.