Andrew Flintoff today said that England would beat the Australians in the ashes series. Flintoff played memorable roles in England’s victories of 2005 and 2009, but was also the captain for a miserable 5-0 defeat in Australia four years ago.

He is talking a confident game this round however, saying: ‘Looking at the two teams, I reckon we’ll beat them. ‘It’s going to be interesting watching it but I think we’ll just edge it.’

Andrew Flintoff has also backed Kevin Pietersen to make a big contribution despite a disappointing year with the bat for his country.

‘Kevin’s taken a bit of stick recently because of his form but he’s too good not to score runs.”