Andrew Strauss (left) and Andy Flower took England to the summit of the ICC Test rankings © Getty Images

Aug 8, 2014

Former England captain Andrew Strauss is baffled by England Cricket Board (ECB) handing the recently sacked Andy Flower in charge of the next generation of England hopefuls. Flower continues to be on the English board’s payroll despite being shown the exit door after the disastrous Ashes 2013-14 tour, where Flower’s England slumped to a humiliating 0-5 whitewash against their old foes.

Now a commentator and was also in the news recently for blurting out a certain cuss word against his former teammate Kevin Pietersen on air. Strauss admitted to being surprised at the surprise selection of Flower although he did go on to praise his work and the equation that he shared with him. From 2009 to 2012, the Strauss-Flower combination masterminded England to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

“I was a little surprised,” said Strauss on Sky Sports. “He’s a fine coach and the players can learn a lot from him, but it’s slightly strange that he is so intimately involved in the England set-up.  “With the counties all playing, it was difficult for the ECB to know who to coach that side. Andy Flower is mainly doing a leadership-mentoring sort of role at the ECB, and England will get the benefit of him working with the younger age groups.

“The Under-19 and the Under-17 sides will be perfect for him to be sharing his vast experience on the game of cricket.”