Andy Flower said that the whitewash was a bitter pill to swallow and praised the Australians for completely outplaying England in all the five Tests. The England coach also urged the One Day International (ODI) team headed by Ashley Giles to turn a corner to keep England competitive.

 

Flower credited the performance of England’s star performer,all-rounder Ben Stokes and also credited Gary Ballance, Steve Finn and Joe Root to turn a corner with their youth and ability.

 

The former Zimbabwe captain also asked for patience from the English fans as they go about rebuilding the side and he was certain that there were going to be changes in the set-up and performance that would define the next England team.

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, read an AFP report