England coach Flower to examine his performance

Andy Flower said batsmen would need to re-examine their methods of playing spin in the subcontinent Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Oct 27, 2011

England head coach Andy Flower has declared that he will examine his own performance following their 5-0 defeat against India in the recently-concluded one-day series.

Flower said that the events at Eden Gardens on Tuesday night when England skidded from 129 for no loss to 176 all out reminded them about their collapse to 51 all out in Jamaica in February, 2009 against West Indies.

“I am the head coach so of course I have to look at the way I have prepared the players for this series. It obviously hasn t been successful, so I do have to look at the decisions I have made,” Flower was quoted by Daily Mirror.

The England coach also said that batsmen would need to re-examine their methods of playing spin in the subcontinent ahead of their seven-match series in India in early 2013.

“In looking for reasons for a defeat such as this, my own philosophy is that you ve got to look at yourself first,” he said.

England batsmen struggled against the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and part-timer Ravindra Jadeja, who shared 21 wickets and conceded 4.46 runs per over in the five-match series.

On the other hand, England s top spinner Graeme Swann took two wickets in four matches at an average of 95.

“We have to change the traditional limitations against spin. Certainly by the time we come out here in 14 months time to play another limited-overs series we have to look at it very differently,” he added.

“I was unfortunately reflecting on a similar feeling after being 51 all out in Jamaica two and a half years ago, and if we can use this as a catalyst for that sort of change in our subcontinent limited-overs batting then some good can come of it,” he said.

“One of the players jobs is to learn as quickly as possible and certainly our job is to facilitate that. That is where I question myself. On this result, we obviously haven t facilitated that learning as well as we should have and that is disappointing.”

“It is not through lack of commitment that we have lost the series, but it is certainly a lack of skill. We failed with the bat four times out of five,” Flower added.