Flintoff warns team-mates to avoid milking 2005 Ashes victory

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London, June 30 (ANI): All rounder Andrew Flintoff has warned his England team-mates to avoid basking in the memory of their 2005 Ashes triumph.

Flintoff, fit again after a knee operation, insists England must look forward as they bid to beat the Australians this summer.

Freddie famously led the alcohol-fuelled celebrations on the open-topped bus parade around London four years ago, but a hangover from the 2005 Ashes victory has been blamed partly for England's indifferent form in Test cricket.

England has won just five of their 14 series since the 2005 Ashes. Flintoff, 31, was captain when England were thumped 5-0 in Australia in 2006-07.

As he prepared for England's three-day warm-up against Warwickshire tomorrow, he said: "That series was the low point for me. I experienced the euphoria of 2005 and the disappointment of 2006-07 and that was the stronger emotion of the two."

"But it is behind us, we have a new team. Rather than dining out on 2005 or dwelling on 2006-07, it is all about what happens in the next six weeks. I've put a lot of work into getting this far. I'm just hoping I can perform," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

Commenting on Michael Vaughan's, Flintoff said: "He was unflappable. He was poker-faced whether we were 500-0 or 90-9. He gave us confidence." (ANI)

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