Former England all rounder and betvictor racing favourite Freddy Flintoff has warned that the panic buttons shouldn't be pressed just yet, after England fell to a disappointing first test match defeat against Pakistan in Dubai.
Flintoff does say that England looked a little rusty in their first Test defeat against Pakistan, but he has also pointed out that England should bring Graham Onions and Monty Panesar into the team to improve their stan james betting chances of a test victory, and says that they can turn things around in Abu Dhabi.
Nicknamed the 'Batsmans paradise', the wicket in Abu Dhabi will not help Englands cause as it will be another slow one and open to some big hitting, but Flintoff insisted there was no reason to believe the world's number one Test team had suddenly lost all their ability
"They've not played Test cricket for a while, the conditions are pretty different to what they're used to, and we've always been slow starters," Flintoff told Sky Sports News.
"Pakistan played better than probably anybody thought, and England looked a little bit rusty.
"The hard thing now is trying to get back into the series because the next one's in Abu Dhabi, it'll be another low, slow wicket which doesn't make for entertaining cricket. So it's going to be tough but I think we can salvage something from it.
"Everyone's jumping to the panic buttons already, saying we're not very good, but it's only a matter of months ago we were beating everyone so I wouldn't worry too much about it."
The batsmen were largely to blame for the first tests but there looks like being changes to the bowling unit for Abu Dhabi, and Flintoff would like to see a couple of bowlers introduced to the attack.
"It's often the case, batters run the team! They're deemed the ones who have the brains so the bowlers get changed all the time.
"I'd love to see Monty in the side. The other guy I'd like to see play is Graham Onions, I think on those wickets he's slightly smaller, he's skiddy, he attacks the stumps and he can reverse it, so I'd be tempted to bring Onions in for Tremlett and see how he goes."
It will be another difficult test for England in tough conditions but we hope that Flintoff is proved right as we hope for a much improved England performance.