Coach Flower praises England policy of three different captains

Andy Flower said the three-captain policy will help the team in the long run Getty Images

London: Oct 2, 2011

England coach Andy Flower feels the policy of three different captains for three formats can prove beneficial for the team in the future keeping in view their performance in the last six months.

While Andrew Strauss captains the Test team, Alastair Cook and Chris Broad lead the One-day and Twenty20 sides.

Flower said the move represented something of a gamble but he believes that the project will help the team in the long run.

“I always thought one captain would be a lot simpler and better,” Flower was quoted as saying in Daily Express.

“When we started with the three captains it was pretty much forced upon us. But we did think it could succeed if we worked hard to make it work. It still remains to be seen if it’s the right system or not.

He, however, said the move gave them a “very healthy” six months.

“It went well in the summer. Strauss led the Test team brilliantly as always. Cook, I thought, handled the pressure around the One-day captaincy incredibly well when he was questioned even by ex-England captains about his place as a One-day player, let alone captain,” he said.

“He responded to that pressure very well and is starting to show that he’ll be a very good one-day player and captain for England.

“Stuart Broad had two little bites at leadership. He’s learnt a lot through the season even though he’s only captained twice. You can see that in the changing room and the way he speaks to the team. I think you can see it in the way he handles himself in the field. It’s been a very healthy six months for us,” he said. (IANS)