England skipper Andrew Strauss admitted victory over Australia at Lord’s was a dream come true.
The hosts had not beaten the old enemy at the Home of Cricket since 1934, but wrapped up a 115-run victory in the second Test on Monday to open up a 1-0 lead in the best of five Ashes series.
Strauss said: ‘It’s a really special victory for those 11 guys. Things went really well for us this morning.
‘To win an Ashes Test match at Lord’s is something many guys have dreamed of doing over the last 50 or 60 years or so and to be the guys who pulled it off is pretty special.’
Strauss also singled out Andrew Flintoff for praise after the Lancashire all-rounder took three wickets on the final day to finish with his first five-wicket haul at Lord’s.
Strauss added: ‘I just want to give a special mention to Andrew Flintoff, who was magnificent this morning.’
But the skipper also admitted that Flintoff’s fitness – he has been troubled by a knee problem – was still a cause for concern.
‘It is a little bit. But I am still very hopeful we will have a fit squad to choose from for the next Test match.’
Flintoff later talked up his chances of playing in the remaining three Tests of the series.
He said: ‘There were a couple of twinges in the knee, however it’s encouraging that I can run in and bowl the amount of overs I have done today so that bodes well for three more Test matches – I want to play a major part in that, I want to play a major part in the team’s success.’