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England part ways with Flower

Is this the right time for England to move on from Andy Flower? Mark Butcher and David Hopps look at the repercussions of the move.

Host: Gaurav Kalra / Experts: Mark Butcher, David Hopps

January 31, 2014

Posted by ruester on (February 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Seri think Cook has shone against pretty much everyone. His last tour of Australia went rather well. Pretty much the same bowling lined up too.

Posted by IPSY on (February 1, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

I think that Andy Flower and Mikey Authur were fired for similar reasons. They both were too straight jacket in their leadership styles. The Aussies complained of lack of enjoyment in the dressing room under Mikey Authur. Big men were treated like boys and given homework, etc. Andy Flower carries a permanent sour face! During his early tenure, the guys tolerated his dogma because they were young and just learning their trade - they were quite eager to make a name for themselves; so they obeyed his decrees with promptness and without query. But all these guys are now international stars. So, that initial disposition would not work with them now. They're now much more assertive in their relationship with him and would debunk his decrees when they think it's necessary. I'm sure that's what happened between him and KP. I still believe we've not been told the truth as to why Trott left the tour. I think his style too had to do with the sudden retirement of Swan, and Prior stepping down.

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (February 1, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Cook was chosen as captain for a number of reasons. His time under the next coach will demonstrate his capacity to learn from all this. It has to be said that Flower had some seriously good plans that bought results for England. Obvioulsy his style could be termed controlling, or micro managing, including over the captain. So it's only fair Cook gets a chance under a new regime. A chance to develop. He has excellent cricket skills, his leadership can develop, he just needs the right environment. Take the example of Graeme Smith. He was young, chosen specifically by SA as a leader of the future. They knew he wasn't going to be brilliant at the time, put were prepared to invest in him. Investments take time to mature. Is there honestly anybody glaringly more talented than Cook in the team?

Posted by Manush on (February 1, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

I thought Cook will follow Flower, as he is unfit to captain in the highly charged competitive cricket.he is a dependable opening batsman and stops there.Please do not drag anymore and continue spoiling English cricket. Bring a coach who can handle seniors like KP & Co without hurting their pride and start looking up again.

Posted by sreni on (February 1, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Why cook is still persisted..anyhow he will feed on the Indian bowling during this July-Aug..and English Media will hype the next bradman..but he will never ever shine against better bowling attacks..

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

Cook is totally lost. He does not know whats happening - clueless - worst English Captain we have seen - he should be dropped 1st.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

The English Captain is the worst English Test Captain in my life time. Cook needs to also go.

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