Victory is still in our hands, says Flintoff


ROUNDER Andrew Flintoff believes England are still in the box seat ahead of a potentially thrilling final day of the third Ashes Test with Australia at Edgbaston today.<br /><br />Flintoff top scored with a fine 74 &ndash; his highest innings on home soil since the 2005 series &ndash; to hand the hosts a healthy 113-run first innings lead in this rain-affected contest.<br /><br />Australia then closed the day on 88-2 &ndash; still 25 runs behind &ndash; and now realistically must bat out two full sessions in order to prevent England facing an achievable run chase.<br /><br />&ldquo;We need to take quick wickets in the morning, but this is a game we can win,&rdquo; Flintoff said confidently. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to believe we can do it. The first session is massive and we will have to be patient &ndash; who knows?&rdquo;<br /><br />Flintoff&rsquo;s innings tipped the balance back in England&rsquo;s favour after Australia had reduced the hosts to 168-5, chasing 263. He put on a quickfire 89 with Matt Prior (41) and then added 52 with Stuart Broad, who contributed a stylish half-century. But Flintoff&rsquo;s efforts finally came to an end when he was unfortunately caught off his glove off the bowling of Nathan Hauritz.<br /><br />Graham Onions then removed Simon Katich for 26 before spinner Graeme Swann brilliantly clean bowled Australia captain Ricky Ponting for just five to turn the screw.<br /><br />The Australians still have plenty of batting to come but Flintoff insists they will be tested to the limit in a crucial first session this morning, which he believes could determine the outcome of the match.<br /><br />&ldquo;Onions and Swann bowled great spells and we&rsquo;re in this game,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We know Australia fight all the way down and they will be thinking if they can survive the first session, they&rsquo;ll be able to save the game.<br /><br />&ldquo;But if we start well in the morning and get some momentum we believe we can win the match.&rdquo;