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England wants win in 5th test to complete series

Posted: 29 Dec 2010 10:20 PM PST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): England cricket coach Andy Flower wants his Ashes victors to refocus for the fifth test in Sydney and finish the tour on a winning note, and not to believe that his team can't accomplish more.

Speaking a day after England completed an innings and 157-run win in the fourth test to ensure it holds the Ashes, Flower said Thursday that "it's far too early to feel satisfied."

England leads the series 2-1, marking the first time since the 1986-87 season that they have retained the Ashes in Australia. The fifth test begins Monday.

Flower said the celebrations in the Melbourne Cricket Ground changerooms on Wednesday were memorable and noted some players were "conspicuous by their absence" for breakfast on Thursday morning at the team hotel.

"But we also will realize there's a lot of cricket ahead on this tour and there's a lot of cricket left to be played in this fifth test," Flower said. "We came out here to win the series and we'll be doing everything we can to do that."

He said the Ashes was one step in a long-term ambition of winning the limited-overs World Cup beginning in February and becoming the world's No. 1 test team. "There are a lot of things out there for us to aim for," Flower said.

The team had the day off Thursday after wrapping up the Melbourne test in four days. "They can enjoy each other's success and each other's company for a little period of time in the sanctuary of the dressing room and the families joined us for a short time," Flower said.

"I know the guys enjoyed having their loved ones around them, too, to share it with. We celebrated yesterday and it's time to move on now."

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Pakistan wins toss, bats in 3rd Twenty20

Posted: 29 Dec 2010 10:19 PM PST

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP): Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first in the third Twenty20 cricket match against New Zealand on Thursday.

New Zealand has already won the three-match series, taking the first two matches by five wickets and 39 runs, respectively.

Both teams made two changes to their lineups for Thursday's match, Pakistan naming Abdur Rehman and Tanvir Ahmed in place of Umar Akmal and Shoaib Akhtar.

New Zealand restored the lineup it used in the first match of the series, choosing Adam Milne and Dean Brownlie in place of Luke Woodcock and Ian Butler.

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