Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has added fuel to the fire ahead of the Test series against South Africa, saying England’s second string would be better than the Proteas
South Africa are aiming to usurp England as the number one Test side in the world, needing to win the three-match Test series to do so, but Flintoff thinks the visitors will be easy enough to overcome.
The Lancashire man told Sky Sports: “It is number one versus number two in the world but we’ve got a great side.
“I think we’ve got such a good squad I reckon our second 11 could be number two in the world - I think we really are that good.
“I didn’t go to see any of the West Indies series, because I just thought it was going to be very one-sided, which turned out to be true.
“We’ll win, I think we’ll do alright. I just see us with what we’ve got, South Africa - obviously they’re a good unit with the likes of Kallis, Steyn and Smithy the captain.
“But they win when they try and dominate you from the very start and keep you under pressure, but I don’t think we’ll let them do that to us.”
Flintoff wasn’t as confident about the ODI side though, despite them winning 4-0 against Australia recently, saying skipper Alastair Cook had a tougher job than Test captain Andrew Strauss.
Freddie added: “I’d like to see Alastair Cook take the one day side forward, because out of the two he’s got the bigger job because the Test side been settled a number of years and it performs.
“England have never really been any good at one-day cricket, everyone who has been brought in to have go they turn out to be not very good, and I include myself in that, so he’s got the bigger job to get the one-day side right.”
The first Test begins on Thursday at the Oval.