May 4, 2011

English cricket

Flower's immediate tasks

Dustin Silgardo

Andy Flower has renewed his contract as England's team director. In the Guardian, David Hopps lists the key issues Flower now needs to resolve.

Talk of England players' excessive workload does not please everybody. Envy is part of the reason, as is the tendency of some players to go off and play IPL whenever they get downtime. But England's programme last winter was excessive, undermined their World Cup challenge and betrayed a squad full of committed, hard-working professionals. England's MD, Hugh Morris, has told Flower he is sympathetic, but a reduced commitment overseas could go hand in hand with fewer internationals in an England summer and that would infuriate counties. Will England dare to rest more players against weaker opponents?

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