Mahmood hits out at Flintoff

English fast bowler Sajid Mahmood has taken aim at his captain Andrew Flintoff, saying he felt ignored on the field.

A highly critical Mahmood questioned why he was selected in his regular Guardian blog.

“There were times during Australia’s second innings when I began to question what I was doing on the pitch,” He said.

“I had to wonder whether I had been selected as a bowler. I’m sure Freddie had his reasons for keeping me out of the attack for such long periods, but I was a bit surprised.”

“I felt a little bit ignored at times, especially after my first two overs in the second innings when I didn’t get another go until about the 70th over.”

“It was more that I wanted to be involved in the game so much, and when you’re not getting the ball thrown to you, you get a little bit disappointed.”

Mahmood, who replaced James Anderson in the English side after watching the first two Ashes matches from the sidelines, only bowled 17 overs for the entire Test. Seven in the first innings and 10 in the second.

Despite the setback, Mahmood still has the drive for success.

“This defeat has made me all the more determined not to taste it again. I don’t intend to roll over and accept 5-0.”

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