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Ashes 2013-14: England in store for more pain, says coach Andy Flower

Kevin Pietersen (left) may find it difficult to retain his Test spot, as coach Andy Flower has hinted at at new beginnings for the English team © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen (left) may find it difficult to retain his Test spot, as coach Andy Flower has hinted at at new beginnings for the English team © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 6, 2014

England coach Andy Flower warned on Monday that there was more pain to come in the wake of England’s Ashes series meltdown in Australia.

Australia completed a 5-0 clean sweep on Sunday, routing the hapless tourists for 166 off just 31.4 overs to carry off a 281-run victory in three days in the Sydney Test.

Such was the magnitude of the series defeat that major ramifications are expected for English cricket, just months after they beat Australia 3-0 in England.

Flower said he would not identify individual players facing the chop, with reports suggesting that high-profile batsman Kevin Pietersen, one of the big English failures in the series, was under pressure.

Pietersen, who averages just over 47 in 104 Tests, was dismissed for three and six in the final Test to finish with 294 runs in the series at 29.40.

Flower, who has said he will not be standing down as team coach, said he was prepared to make tough decisions, while admitting the nightmare series was the end of an era.

Asked directly whether Pietersen would be part of England’s future, Flower told reporters: “This will be a new start, and so it should be.

“It does feel like the end of some type of era. We might have to take a little more pain before we have sustained success again.

“And we might have to ask for a little patience in that regard over the coming months.”

As well as speculation over the future of Pietersen, 31-year-old wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who was dropped for the last two Tests, could also face the axe.

“I’m not going to discuss individuals, but looking at it a little more holistically, I think it will be the start of something new,” Flower said.

“I think Alastair Cook as captain can lead that renewal and rebuilding (of) the England cricket side.

“We’re not proud of (the Sydney Test). And we’re not proud of the Test series result, of course.

“It’s quite a bitter pill to swallow. But that’s what it is and we have to face up to that reality.”

England have five months before they host Sri Lanka for a two-Test series, by which time a full review into the Australia debacle is expected to be completed.

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