Andy Flower steps down as England coach

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Updated: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 11:27 [IST]
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Andy Flower steps down as England coach

London, Feb 1: Andy Flower has stepped down as England coach following a humiliating 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia.

So far on the tour to Australia, England have managed to win just 1 One Day International. Australia won the five-Test Ashes series 5-0 and took the ODI series 4-1. The three-match T20I rubber is currently 2-0 in favour of Australia. England's final fixture - T20I of the tour is on Sunday (February 2). Flower was coach of England's Test team and Ashley Giles is in-charge of limited overs sides.

"Andy Flower has today (January 31) informed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that he wishes to step down after five successful years as England Team Director," a report on ECB's website said on Friday.

In 2009, Flower was appointed England Team Director and during Flower's five year tenure England teams have achieved a number of significant milestones. In December, 2012, Flower handed over ODI and T20I coaching responsibilities to Giles.

Andy Flower said: "Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket, led by Alastair Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals. The opportunity to start with a clean slate and begin to instil methods to ensure England cricket is moving in the right direction will be an incredibly exciting challenge for someone but I do not feel like I am in a position to undertake that challenge.

"In order for England cricket to make significant progress I believe that the Team Director, together with the respective captains, needs to be responsible across all formats in order to positively influence the rebuilding process. This will ensure complete clarity and continuity across the squads and having stepped aside from the limited overs squads 14 months ago that is not something I am able to do and I do not therefore feel that starting the process would be in the best interests of all involved at what is a pivotal time for England cricket.

"This has been a very difficult decision to make and I remain committed to England cricket and would like to wish Alastair Cook and Paul Downton every success. I will remain in my position as a selector for the time being and am currently exploring possible roles within the ECB. The priority must now be to establish the direction and personnel needed to ensure England cricket moves forward."

Flower was in-charge of the team for three Ashes series victories. Under his coaching, England also won their first global title - ICC World T20 in 2010 in the Caribbean. In 2011, England climbed to the top of the ICC Test rankings and in 2012 Alastair Cook-led side won a Test series in India for the first time in 27 years.


Story first published:  Saturday, February 1, 2014, 11:18 [IST]
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