Flower pours praise on England

December 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Andy Flower was quick to hail his England side’s character after securing a historic series victory in India. The head coach watched on as his charges played out a draw in the fourth Test in Nagpur, sealing the series 2-1 and breaking 27-year wait to achieve the feat on Indian soil.

Flower and new captain Alastair Cook bounced back from an opening Test thumping in Ahmedabad, rallying the squad to bounce back with impressive victories in Mumbai and Kolkata. The draw in the fourth Test was enough to condemn India to their first home series defeat to England since 1985, just weeks after the cricket betting news had written them off.

Flower came in for his fair share of criticism following that nine-wicket defeat at the start of the series, and seeing his squad turn things around with some sensational cricket left the coach proud of what the team had achieved.

“It’s a great achievement for the boys. They’ve really done themselves and their country proud here, to come out here and show that they’ve learned things has been one of the special things about this victory,” said Flower.

“They’ve learned how to play spin a lot better. They’re obviously not the finished articles but they’ve also learned how to take 20 wickets in these conditions and how to be resilient. Those are all things they can be very proud of.”

The entire management can be very pleased with how the past few months have gone. Handling the return of Kevin Pietersen as well as preparing a team capable of beating the Indians on their own patch, Flower and Cook have proved they are capable of leading this England team back to the number one spot in the Test rankings.

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