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Cricket: Flintoff reflects on a 'bad hour' ENGLAND SHAMBLES.

ENGLAND captain Andrew Flintoff was left to rue the "bad hour" which prompted England's spectacular collapse today.

Flintoff admitted the spell during which Shane Warne took four wickets early in the day was decisive.

"We played some good cricket through the Test match but it shows it can cost you, you have a bad hour and you're out of the Test match. That's what happened today," he said. "The plan was just to go out there and play as we can do but Shane Warne and Brett Lee were fantastic this morning and put us under the pump a little bit.

"We're not in a great mood at the moment, at 2-0 down it is an even tougher task than last time.

"It's a big challenge for us now - we're two behind in an Ashes series with three to play, but we can't mope around too much. It's going to hurt, this game, but we've got just over a week until the next one. I don't want to feel like this again so there's a big incentive for us."

Former England head coach David Lloyd added: "England needed to perform today and we didn't turn up.

"They had a bad session this morning and you cannot have bad sessions at that stage of the game because you are blown away, you lose."


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 5, 2006
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