Andy Flower pays price for disastrous Ashes
Published 01/02/2014 | 00:00
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."