Andy Flower set for top job

April 3, 2009 at 9:33 am 1 comment

The chances of another Zimbabwean leading out the three Lions against Australia looks to have increased after Andy Flower got the backing of the ECB Chief Hugh Morris. Duncan Fletcher famously lead England to Ashes victory in 2005 and Andy Flower has been given the chance to meet his achievements. Flower has been in temporary charge for the tour to the West Indies and has now emerged as favourite for the coaching role to be announced this month.

England have been without a full time coach since Peter Moore’s departure after disagreements with Pietersen. Andy Flower took up the role on a temporary basis, setting up from the batting coach role. The principles he has brought with him have been impressive. Even more impressive is the partnership he has formed with Andrew Strauss. With the Ashes ahead it also allows the team to have stability after a year of chopping and changing captains, coaches and players. What flower brings with him, compared to the other reported candidates, is the knowledge of the domestic game. He spent a number of years in the domestic game, where he picked up his game and created a good relationship with the players.

Flower has the backing of a number of senior players, including Pietersen and now has the backing of a key ECB official ahead of the interviews this month. Others reportedly in the frame include Mickey Arthur, Garry Kirsten and John Dyson. Although all three have ruled themselves out of the running. Both Mickey Arthur and Garry Kirsten have the distinction of beating Australia. This could be something that has a huge bearing on the decision, but at the moment the right man for the job is the favourite.


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  • 1. Morph  |  April 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Flower is the right man for the job on the basis of changing now would be crazy. If we were to appoint a new man, he would only have two tests vs the Windies to bed in- not desirable given that this is an Ashes summer.

    Whether he is the right man for the job in the long run is another matter- we must not forget that we have hardly impressed during his tenure, winning only two ODI’s, both in dubious circumstances.

    Saying that however i believe that once you have given a plyaer/person/coach a job in sport they should be given time to prove themselves as international cricket is a big job. Therefore i would support Flower’s case even if we were to lose the Ashes.


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