Andrew Flintoff: ‘England team better than 2005’

Andrew Flintoff
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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is confident his national side can "dominate world cricket".

Retired all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has claimed that England is currently “the best Test team in the world” as they edge nearer to a 3-0 win over India.

The former England cricketer believes that the side surpasses 2005’s Ashes winners and has the strength and depth to “dominate” for years to come.

"This is a better side than the one we had in 2005,” said Flintoff. “The strength of it and the depth is incredible.

“In 2005 we had 11 players who had a memorable few weeks and played at their best for a period, but we never played together again.

"This side have a squad and they are so strong in and out of the side. We've seen them replace players without blinking and it has made no difference to the performance and that has been happening for a while now.”

The 33-year-old, who played an integral part in the 2005 Ashes victory over Australia, is confident that the current England side can go on to win more accolades.

"England are the best team in the world already,” he added. “Not just in ranking, but also in strength. They have got everything. I don't see why they can't dominate for a long time.

“They have strong enough players to do it. Australia and West Indies did it and England should be able to do it for the next few years.

"There are no weak links. They are playing with a confidence and a swagger that goes with being the best. They've got every department covered and if someone gets injured then another one comes in and does a job."

England take on India at Edgbaston for the third Test match on August 10.