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Flower to miss Ireland game

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August 15, 2011

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Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower discuss plans during training, Edgbaston, August 9, 2011
Andy Flower will have a week to recharge his batteries before the one-day matches against India © Getty Images
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Andy Flower will miss his first match since taking over as England team director when he sits out the one-day international against Ireland in Dublin. The match takes place three days after the final Test against India, at The Oval, and Richard Halsall, the fielding coach, will be in charge of the team.

When Flower signed his new deal with the ECB in May it was widely believed that the subject of him taking a break from the demands of the job was considered although nothing was written into the contract. In many ways Flower's role is more intense than the players' because he has to plot and plan for the next challenge and is involved with all three formats.

The only time Flower has missed any of England's cricket since taking the top job were the second and third days of the first Test against Australia, at Brisbane, when he underwent surgery to remove a melanoma from below his right eye. Halsall took charge of the team in Flower's absence which gave a clear indication of the contingency plans in place.

Flower will rejoin the squad ahead of the Twenty20 international against India, at Old Trafford, on August 31 which is then followed by five one-day internationals. Two additional Twenty20s have now been added to the end of the season against West Indies, to help fulfil contractual obligations following the loss of the Stanford games, before the team fly to India for a one-day series in early October.

England then have their longest break of recent times before Christmas when they aren't in action during November and December. However, after the festive season the demands increase again with a full tour against Pakistan in UAE followed by a short series in Sri Lanka. It remains to be seen whether Flower fits in any further breaks before the start of another full summer in 2012.

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Posted by   on (August 17, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

India is going to regain its top slot in Tests in the next series itself. One bad series had cost India the top spot going to ENG. But remember the present Eng team never performed well except Eng,Aussie,SA conditions and thier next 3 series are against the subcontinent teams at thier home grounds... The strike bowlers of Eng team are poor performers here. India is better than Eng in the last couple of years barring this series.. both home and away...

Posted by landl47 on (August 17, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Flower deserves a rest. It's hard work getting the players ready to beat the teams whose supporters seem to be in here wondering where it all went wrong for them.

Posted by tanstell87 on (August 17, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

@India only won the world cup as they played at home on pitches that suited them. Give them anything other than flat dead pitches and they cannot cope ---- then why did not England win in 1975,1979 & 1999...no team has won WC in their home conditions...India did....keep your jealousies out...India will come back with a bang & reclaim its number 1 ranking...what about England...can they win outside England ???

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 17, 2011, 0:03 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding, no Aussies would ever want to play for England anyway mate, even though we do get on quite well with South Africans; they could complain about the weather over there collectively!

Posted by Yabba on (August 16, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

India only won the world cup as they played at home on pitches that suited them. Give them anything other than flat dead pitches and they cannot cope. Australia are still the best ODI side but, who cares, Test cricket is still the best form of the game - as the bowlers have to try to take wickets to win the match rather than just restrict the batsmen from scoring.

One match off for Flower is hardly like going on holiday for 3 weeks in the sun now is it? As for the stupid jibes about England's South African born players - boring - get over it and play better cricket yourselves rather than worrying about who is playing for England!

As for Ireland - I agree the only way they will improve is by having proper ODI series against full nations rather than the odd game here or there.

Posted by Valavan on (August 16, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

peace yorkshire pudding, when these indians won T20 WC in 2007 , they were jumping they are T20 no.1 and so, but now they are shattered in T20, ODI is the only format, they have won a WC recently and think they are consistent forgetting the fact WC was held in India.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 16, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

@chapathishot, I seem to have hit a nerve, however, I've never claimed that England are the best team. As with 90% of England fans beating Australia (especially in Australia) means more than being placed Number one. as for the world cup do you really think I care who the holders are its a tin pot trophy for a tin pot competition.

Posted by chapathishot on (August 16, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

@YorkshirePudding:Being No 3 does not mean you were the best then why the fuss by england from time they beat australia as the best test team ,They were also number three till the last test.And how many world cups England won cause I cant remember

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 16, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

@RandyOz, well he certainly wont be visting Oz looking for quality players, considering the dross played with during the ashes. @Cpt.Meanster, Yep India are he best ODI team, whats thier ranking in the ODI charts...thats right 3rd, first time I new that being 3rd made you the best.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (August 16, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

@ Falguni Rath - that was funny like 2 years ago. Kinda getting old by now.

Posted by matt4912 on (August 16, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - Pretty sure England are also the World Champions in 20/20 cricket hence your best Test team and nothing more is incorrect!

Also - Oz are number one side in ODIs - they just had a bad World Cup!

Posted by   on (August 16, 2011, 1:48 GMT)

whom r we calling english where about 7 out of 11 players including their captain is south african

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 16, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

Flower must be on a recruiting trip down in South Africa again. He should drop by Zimbabwe now as well, they seem to be going alright!

Posted by RAVI_BOPARA on (August 15, 2011, 22:21 GMT)


Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster Aren't Australia still the best ODI side? They might not have won the WC but I'm pretty sure they are still ranked number 1. Plus I have said this before...but the Indians did the exact same thing as the English are doing now. India have not been top of the ODI rankings yet they considered themselves the best in the world. You sir are a hypocrite.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 15, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

A lot of people here refer to this English team as the "BEST cricket team". Correction people, they are the BEST TEST team and nothing more. Give some respect to India who are the world champions and the BEST ODI team. This is unfair from a lot of people who have totally washed their hands on India. Well I guess this is a good thing for Indian cricket. Now all the hype is on the England team. India can play freely now without burden and hit these English where it really hurts.

Posted by Robster1 on (August 15, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

I'd think that all the players would like to join him in missing the trip to Ireland. One wonders why the ECB shoehorn this annual fixture into an already overcrowded list a day or two after major test series end. Time to end this fixture and instead give Ireland an occasional three game ODI tour of England and other full member nations.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 15, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

Thorougly deserved and absolutely sensible for Andy Flower to be given this break. He is not merely integral to England's recent success in the Test arena, he is absolutely essential. It is for the ECB to build in all possible rest periods for AF and to keep him as team director for as long as possible. Since he took over there has been a positive and strategic feel to everything that England has done and no one questions his sound thinking astute planning. He is light years ahead of the rest of the managers and directors of other international set-ups. The impact of his leadership on Englsih cricket supporters is actually quite eerie... We've not been here before, and we like it lots! Thank you, Andy - we appreciate everything you've done and are doing - and enjoy your mini-break.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 15, 2011, 12:22 GMT)

No one's deserved it more. He's in charge of the best cricket team on the planet by a country mile, have a good hols Mr Flower.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

England will win the series.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 10:48 GMT)

He is truly an excellent player and leader, England are thankful for his service, I wish the same could have been said about Zimbabwe, maybe Zimbabwe would be even better with Flower, but nontheless a great person he is.

Posted by Patchmaster on (August 15, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

A well deserved break for sure. Massive congrats and here's looking forward to watching ENG aim to keep their place at No.1 - which I think they genuinely will.

Posted by AlanHarrison on (August 15, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

Strange. OK, England have had a good summer, but certain people (including the author of this article) seem to have forgotten that the last time England played Ireland in an ODI they lost. If they struggle again in this match, the decision for Flower to be absent will look a lot like arrogant complacency. On another note, it seems likely that in this England-Ireland match Eoin Morgan will be playing for England, against Ed Joyce playing for Ireland. Apart from the farcical nature of Joyce and Morgan chopping and changing between countries, England's performance in this series has surely proved that England do not need Eoin Morgan, who should be playing for Ireland. I don't object to players emigrating and playing for other than the country of their birth, and I sympathise with Morgan's desire to play test cricket, but in the interests of expanding the game, he should be making Ireland's claim for test status still stronger, not playing for England.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

Well done ECB, This is the only way to keep such coaching talent here. Flower wont be here forever and looking after the welfare of the players and backroom staff is key to maintaining said people and enticing 1st rate replacements when they call time.

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