Flower sets new targets for England

Andy Flower said the new goal for England is to improve their record in the sub-continent Getty Images

London: Aug 15, 2011

After achieving the numero uno status in Tests, England coach Andy Flower want his side to qualify for the inaugural World Test championship and conquer foreign shores, where the the team has lost in the past.

Flower said his mantra is not to sit on laurels but continue striving for newer heights.

“I always think it is very dangerous to try to hold on to what you have got. We used that goal to be No1 as a motivational tool and that drove us in training and in matches.

“Now that we have achieved that, what Strauss and I don’t want to do is hang on to No1 status. That’s not a very exciting way to go about our business. We are going to have to reset our goals,” Flower said.

The Zimbabwean said the new goal for the side is to improve record in sub-continent.

“This winter we go to play against two countries that the last time England toured those countries, we lost. We want to go away and play Pakistan and Sri Lanka away from home and win those series. Ignoring the ranking, those series will have their own importance.

“We’ve also got the World Test Championship for the first time in 2013 and that’s in our own country. That is certainly something we are striving for. We have to be in the top four to get into the semi finals of it and we are going to be working hard between now and then to ensure we are a strong unit ready for that semi-final,” he said.

The World Test Championship is to be held on 2013 but the dates and venue is yet to be worked out. (PTI)