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Flintoff guides England to Ashes victory

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  • Andrew Flintoff takes five wickets as England defeat Australia in second Test
  • England win by 115 runs to take a 1-0 lead with three Ashes Tests remaining
  • The convincing win is England's first over rivals Australia at Lord's for 75 years
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(CNN) -- Man-of-the-match Andrew Flintoff claimed only the third five-wicket haul of his career as England completed their first Lord's triumph over Australia for 75 years to take a 1-0 lead in the five-Test Ashes series on Monday.

Andrew Flintoff celebrates taking another wicket as England go 1-0 ahead in the five-Test Ashes series.

Andrew Flintoff celebrates taking another wicket as England go 1-0 ahead in the five-Test Ashes series.

The 31-year-old all-rounder claimed five for 92 as Australia, chasing an unlikely victory target of 522, were dismissed for 406 shortly before lunch on the final day to seal England's 115-run triumph.

The emphatic victory, England's first Ashes win at Lord's since 1934, puts them 1-0 ahead in the series with three matches remaining -- and establishes them as firm favourites to emulate the success of 2005 and regain the Ashes.

Australia had resumed the final morning in front of a sell-out crowd on 313 for five with high hopes of claiming the 209 more runs required to reach the world record victory target.

Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin had forged an unbroken 185-run partnership overnight and, with Flintoff clearly struggling with his right knee problems the previous evening, Australia were hopeful of securing a remarkable victory.

But Flintoff, playing in his final Test at Lord's following his announcement he is retiring from Test cricket at the end of this series, quickly shifted the balance in England's favor by claiming the breakthrough with his third ball of the day.

Haddin had failed to add to his overnight 80 when he fished at a full-length delivery outside off-stump, which flew low to Paul Collingwood at second slip.

It gave England a flying start and with Flintoff generating speeds in excess of 90mph in a hostile, aggressive spell, Australia looked unlikely to challenge their victory target.

Mitchell Johnson came into bat and provided determined support for Clarke to leave England once again anxious about Australia's ability to claim an historic victory of their own.

The pair added a crucial 43 runs and it took the introduction of off-spinner Graeme Swann in the 13th over of the morning to finally break their stand with his second delivery.

Clarke, who had progressed to 136 after over five hours at the crease, came down the wicket to try to hit Swann down the ground but was beaten by the drift and the ball continued on to hit his off-stump.

Boosted by the removal of Australia's only remaining recognized batsman, Flintoff seemed to run in with extra vigor and claimed his next victim in the next over when new batsman Nathan Hauritz shouldered arms and lost his off-stump.

Peter Siddle was dismissed in similar fashion, this time with a delivery which nipped back through his defences to hit middle stump, and Flintoff raised his arms to acknowledge his first five-wicket Test haul for England since his epic spell at The Oval four years ago.

Four overs later - and just 20 minutes before the scheduled lunch interval - Swann ended Australia's resistance by bowling Johnson for a determined 63 when he attempted another big drive and missed, allowing the ball to shatter his stumps and seal England's triumph.


"It's been a good Test match and a real team performance, there were some very special performances in this Test," Flintoff told Sky Sports. "It's nice to get five wickets and take the plaudits but it has been a real team effort.

"I've got three more Tests left and will obviously give my all in them. It's going to be hard to get through them but I'm confident I'll do it and then after that I'm looking forward to playing one-dayers and Twenty20."

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