Flower renews contract as England coach

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 8:15 [IST]
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Flower renews contract as England coach

London, May 3: Andy Flower will stay on as the England cricket team director after he extended his contract, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed today.

"ECB today announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will continue in his current role as England team director," an ECB statement read.

"Flower will remain on a permanent contract and is currently preparing for an international summer that sees England face Sri Lanka, India and Ireland."

The 43-year-old former Zimbabwe captain, who took over from Peter Moores in January 2009, has guided England to two Ashes series victories and World Twenty20 title in 2010.

The managing director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris said that he was confident the team will continue to make good progress under Flower.

"Andy Flower has made a huge impact during his time as England team director and I am delighted that he has committed to the role and will be continuing to build on the considerable progress the England team has made during his time in the position," Morris said.

"Andy''s outstanding leadership, commitment, and his open and honest approach have been key factors in the success the England squad has enjoyed over the last two years and I have no doubt that under his direction we will continue to see England improve as we strive to become the number one side in the world in all formats of the game," he added.

England will take on Sri Lanka this summer in a three-match Test series followed by a Twenty20 and ODI series.

Then they will play a four-match Test series against India.

English team will then clash against Ireland in an ODI in Dublin, followed by a Twenty20 and an ODI series against India.


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