Flintoff: 2009 win would beat 2005

ENGLAND all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes a series-clinching victory in this week&rsquo;s final Ashes Test would eclipse even the achievements of the class of 2005.<br /><br />Flintoff, part of the side that beat Australia to claim the urn four years ago, expects to be fit enough to take the field tomorrow for the decider at the Oval.<br /><br />And the 31-year-old insists conquering his chronic knee injury and the squad&rsquo;s erratic form of recent months would make success this time round even sweeter.<br /><br />&ldquo;If we won this one it would be a far greater achievement than 2005. That was fantastic. But the side had performed well over a period of time, beaten everyone in the world, and we came in against Australia expecting to win,&rdquo; said Flintoff.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not saying we&rsquo;re not doing that this time, but the side&rsquo;s gone through a lot over the past 12 months and has changed a hell of a lot. From my point of view, with the injuries I&rsquo;ve gone through to be here, this will be a far greater achievement.&rdquo;<br /><br />Injury means Flintoff will end his Test career after the Ashes showdown, but the Lancashire man, who inspired England&rsquo;s second Test win, is refusing to be distracted by knee concerns.<br /><br />&ldquo;I must put that to the back of my mind,&rdquo; Flintoff added. &ldquo;Then after the Test match, I&rsquo;ll probably go and see the specialist again and look at a longer-term plan.&rdquo;