Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Andy Flower pays price for disastrous Ashes

Andy Flower resigned as England's team director because he no longer felt able to revive the team's cricketing fortunes in all formats.

Flower, who oversaw an embarrassing 5-0 Ashes whitewash alongside captain Alastair Cook, became the high-profile departure much craved by public opinion after such a resounding and largely-unexpected defeat.

By calling time on his own tenure, however, he has revised reassurances that he intended to embrace the challenge of re-invigorating England with Cook's help.

Earlier this month, the day after whitewash was confirmed with a 281-run defeat in Sydney, Flower stressed his appetite for the battles ahead. Twenty-four hours later, he and the England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement refuting reports he had presented his employers with a 'Kevin Pietersen-or-me ultimatum'.

Flower reiterated the need then for a "calm and logical" review before decisions were made about the future involvement of any management or player.

It has taken another three-and-a-half weeks for him to conclude, after a meeting at Lord's with the ECB's new managing director Paul Downton, that he must move on.

Flower said: "Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat, it is clear to me 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 instill 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."

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