ANDY Flower has said he is committed to English cricket and wants to lead the rebuilding process after the Ashes series.
Flower will meet with Paul Downton, his new boss as managing director of England cricket, in Sydney this week to discuss the future. Flower believes he and Alastair Cook are the right men to lead the team despite the 4-0 hammering in Australia.
“Paul Downton, the new managing director, has arrived in Australia. I will be meeting with him in Sydney, and we will talk about the future of the leadership of the national team – with regards the coach’s position,” said Flower.
“But I’m very motivated to contribute to English cricket, and that’s what I’m going to do. I think the prospect of building a new, successful England side would excite any coach.
“The England job is one of the bigger jobs in international cricket, and I’m very proud to have been a part of it so far. I think any coach would be excited working with players like Root and Stokes – and we’ve got a youngster in Borthwick that’s just been added to the squad as well.
“That will be exciting for our coaches… we’ve seen a little bit of talent, and a little bit of the future, in those players. I know Alastair and I will work hard to get the most out of those young guys, and work together for the betterment of English cricket.”
Flower was adamant he believes Cook should continue as England captain.
“Yes, he is. Alastair Cook has captained six Test series for England, and this is the first series loss he’s had. He’s done some outstanding things for England with the bat. But he’s also done some excellent things as a leader, in the dressing room and out on the field.”
Flower has been the England coach since 2008 but split the job with Ashley Giles last year when he was appointed coach of the one-day team.
Flower is on a rolling deal with the England & Wales Cricket Board and Giles Clarke, the chairman of the ECB, stated earlier this week he expects him to continue until the 2015 World Cup.
“I think it would be absolutely right to look into the reasons why we haven’t done well in this series,” said Flower. “I also think it’s important [to do that], when you have very successful series.
“So, for example after the 2010/11 series here, there was a report done on why it was successful. On this occasion, it hasn’t been successful – and I think there should be some sort of review as to why, certainly.”Advertisement
Downton formally replaces Hugh Morris on Jan 1 with James Whitaker taking over as head selector in place of Geoff Miller.
Flower indicated changes will be made for the fifth Test in Sydney which starts on Friday.
“I would imagine there will be one or two changes for the Sydney Test,” he said.
“This is a tough time now that we’ve got to go through. The guys are fighting – not fighting well enough, obviously. Our batting over the four Tests has generally let us down. If we want to win in Sydney, we’ll have to put that right.”