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England coach Andy Flower vows to fight on despite Ashes whitewash on cards

England coach Andy Flower has come under scrutiny after they lost all the first four Test matches against Australia in Ashes 2013-14 © Getty Images
England coach Andy Flower has come under scrutiny after they lost all the first four Test matches against Australia in Ashes 2013-14 © Getty Images

Melbourne: Dec 30, 2013

 

Andy Flower on Monday said he will discuss his future with his new boss this week but vowed to fight on as England coach despite facing a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against Australia.

 

Flower admitted to self-reflection after he was repeatedly asked at a press conference about his role and the future of captain Alastair Cook.

 

“Certainly when I examine my role in the tour I ask myself tough questions,” he said.

 

However he gave no indication of any immediate changes at the top.

 

“My focus at the moment is the Sydney Test match,” Flower said.

 

England cricket’s new managing director Paul Downton has arrived in Australia and the embattled coach said they would meet in Sydney where the final Test opens on Friday.

 

“We will talk about the future of the leadership of the national team as regards the coach’s position,” Flower said.

 

“But I’m very motivated to contribute to England cricket and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said.

 

He went on to defend his captain whose leadership, defensive field settings and inspirational qualities have all come under fire since the Ashes series began in November.

 

“Alastair Cook has captained six Test series for England and this is the first series loss that he’s had,” Flower said.

 

“He’s done some outstanding things for England with the bat, but he’s also done some excellent things as a leader inside the dressing-room and out on the field.

 

“We are all responsible for this result, the management staff as well as the players.”

 

Flower indicated there would be changes in the England side that imploded on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to go from a winning position to an eight-wicket defeat.

 

“I’d imagine there will be one or two changes for the Sydney Test,” he said.

 

“We are always looking for change and change for the good and one of our principles is to look for constant improvement.

 

“This obviously is one of the tough times and sometimes through adversity… there will be change for good as well, sometimes there are great learning environments.

 

“This is a very challenging time for any leader so for Alastair and it’s certainly in that bracket and out of challenging times sometimes we can grow significantly.”

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