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Flintoff upbeat despite misses

Flintoff upbeat despite misses

England captain Andrew Flintoff insisted there was "no doom and gloom" in the camp after nine dropped catches helped Sri Lanka achieve one of cricket's great escapes in the first Test.
The tourists, following-on, finished on 537 for nine after being bowled out for just 192 in reply to England's first innings 551 for six declared here at Lord's.
But their 14-hour resistance, which featured a fine century from captain Mahela Jayawardene (119) as well as battling fifties from Tillakaratane Dilshan (69), Nuwan Kulasekara (64) and Chaminda Vaas (50 not out), was aided by a series of fielding errors.
The most costly was when Andrew Strauss floored a routine slip chance when man-of-the-match Jayawardene, who'd top scored in his team's first innings with 61, had made 58 second time around.
However, Flintoff maintained morale was still intact as England headed into the second Test of a three-match series, set to start at Edgbaston on May 25.
"The mood in the dressing room is great," the Lancashire all-rounder, deputizing for the injured Michael Vaughan, told reporters. "They are a good bunch of lads."