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Aug 19, 2009

We want to win it for Flintoff: Anderson

With England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff gearing up for his last Test, pace bowler James Anderson wishes to give his outgoing teammate a fitting farewell by winning the Ashes series.

The five-match Test Series is currently levelled 1-1 and England has to win the final Test, starting tomorrow at The Oval, to wring the urn from Australia.

"The team would like to give Flintoff something special to go out with. We want to win regardless, of course, but it would be fantastic if Flintoff could depart on a high," Anderson said.

"Having him back will help our ability of winning the game and give him opportunity to writing his farewell. After the Test career he has had that's what he deserves," he added.

After a knee injury forced him out of the fourth Test in Leeds, where the visitors handed England an innings and 80 runs mauling, Flintoff has been cleared for the decider.

"With Flintoff, you get a big spell out of him and sometimes, it can be a match-winning spell. He forced take only three wickets in the innings, and someone else gets the five-for, but it is Flintoff who made the difference," Anderson was quoted as saying in 'The Sun'.

The 27-year-old also feels he would miss sharing the England bowling assault with Flintoff.

"I love bowling in tandem with Flintoff. It benefits me as a bowler. He hits the deck and I swing the ball. It's a nice combination."

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