Monday 24 August 2009 

Proud Flower Wants To Build On Ashes Success

Proud Flower Wants To Build On Ashes Success
Proud Flower Wants To Build On Ashes Success
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England team director Andrew Flower has paid tribute to his side's Ashes victory but echoed captain Andrew Strauss's calls for England to continue winning and aim to become the world-leading team.

England are currently lying fifth in the ICC Test rankings and travel to South Africa later this year for a series against the new number one-ranked side.

"We've got a long way to go as a side," he told a news conference in London. "We've got a long way to go to where we want to be.

"We've got to be hungry as a team and I think we are. Things move on very quickly...there's no room for complacency in our side at all."

England sealed victory with a 197-run win at The Oval which saw them regain the Ashes with a 2-1 scoreline and Flower was full of pride for what his team had done.

"I'm very proud of my guys, they did a brilliant job," he said. "We knew we were underdogs, but we knew we had a chance, and we took it."

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Andrew Flintoff will undergo exploratory knee surgery a day earlier than scheduled and he said at a press conference that he did not expect to be playing cricket before December.

He targeted England's One-Day International series in Bangladesh early next year as his latest comeback.

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