We need to start from scratch, says England coach Andy Flower

England coach Andy Flower feels England team has suffered a major setback after India completed a clean sweep of the five-match ODI series against them on Tuesday Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Oct 26, 2011

England captain Andy Flower has admitted that the 5-0 One-Day International (ODI) series loss to India is a setback for the England team, and that they need to introspect for the poor performance.

Flower said, “This is a bad setback for us and we have to go back to the drawing board in terms of playing one-day international cricket in the sub-continent,” he said. “We need time to reflect. I thought we’d learnt lessons from three years ago and put in place training drills which would equip our batsmen to deal better with the conditions out here, but I’m obviously wrong in that regard.”

The England coach was also worried by the margins of all the defeats in the series. And feels his side will have to start from scratch to make a strong comeback.

England lost all the five matches of the recently-concluded ODI series in India after demolishing the same opponent back home in England. England s inability to handle spinners and the local conditions haunted the visiting team as they made an abject surrender to the reigning world champions in ODIs.