England news November 30, 2011

Flower named coach of the year

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England team director Andy Flower has been named UK Coach of the Year at the 2011 UK coaching awards.

Flower, 37, was also named UK High Performance Coach of the Year in recognition of his role in helping England to a first series win in Australia for 23 years and becoming the No. 1 Test side in the world.

Having taken over from Peter Moores in January 2009 - initially on an interim basis after Moores and Kevin Pietersen, the then captain, lost their jobs on the same day - Flower has also guided England to become World Twenty20 champions and the ECB chief executive, David Collier, lauded his contribution.

"Andy has been an outstanding coach to the England cricket team and I am delighted that his dedication, knowledge and all-round leadership skills have been recognised within the wider sporting world," said Collier.

"The last twelve months have been momentous ones for England and this is in no small part due to Andy's personal drive and determination to bring the best out of his players and ensure that our preparation and performance are second to none."

A special lifetime achievement award was also presented in honour of the former England fast bowler Graham Dilley, who died in October. The presentation was made to Dilley's son, Chris Pennell, in recognition of Dilley's work as a bowling coach with Surrey, Scotland and England, and most recently as head coach of Loughborough University.

"Graham made a very significant contribution to our game as a coach," said Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket. "This award is a fitting tribute to the role he played in enabling so many players to realise their full potential at both domestic and international level."

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  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Some people on here should stop worrying about the minutiae of Andy Flower's age and start by commenting from a stand point of knowledge. If you comment based on ignorance it shows you up for what you really are. Do some research if you aren't sure of what it's about. Try to think a bit more about what the role of a coach is at any level in any sport, from the volunteer coach at the bottom of the rung to the highest paid elite coaches like Andy Flower. They all play a part in the development of a sportsman/woman and that's what these awards recognise.

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | December 1, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    pathetic ... "UK coach of the year" by "UK coaching awards" !!! ??? what on earth is "UK coaching awards" !!??!!.. if its only for coaches in UK, then it would be a disaster to give it someone other than the national coach, for it means the other person should be doing the job..

    also Andy Flower is not 37 !!!?

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 1, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    This award was given by the coaching industry body, Sports Coach UK. Andy Flower's competition for this was every coach in the UK, across all sports, not just in cricket. It is due recognition of his work and achievements. If you visit the sports coach uk website you will find out a lot more. In 2009, Mark Lane won the award for his work with the successful England Womens cricket team, which won the ODI and T20 world cups and the Ashes that year. In 2008 it was Shane Sutton for his work with the British cycling team (so successful at the Olympics) and in 2010 it was golf coach Pete Cowen, who coached half the successful Ryder Cup team and a couple of Major winners. For a coach, this award really means something as there is quite a lot of competition!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | December 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @jaycee, dont you realise the world revolves around India, even if its an internal ECB award it should be given to an Indian. @Chetan007, didnt Kirsten resign at the start of 2011, leaving the post after the WC, one might think he saw the writting on the wall for the summer and got out before the proverbial hit the fan.

  • POSTED BY jaycee71 on | December 1, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    to all the Indian fans wondering why Gary Kirsten didn't win it...it's the UK Coaching Awards not the Indian Coaching Awards, maybe read the whole article in future and not just the headline?

  • POSTED BY Chetan007 on | December 1, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    It should be Gary Kristen, HE has taken India to number 1 position, world cup win, 2nd position in ODI. Flower has not done enough except of winning Ashes that too when Oz were facing difficult phase, Win against India that too in home series than loosing 5-0 from India at their home. The most important win came his way was world T20 cup. I am sure they will not at all able to defend the title. It was supposed that England has a good bench strength. Do they? I don't think so. None of the player has proved them outside England.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    He deserves It !!!! one of the main man for Eng's rise on top.......... well done & keep going !!!!

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | December 1, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Haha Flower, one who got thumped everytime he visited outside England this year including a world cup

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | November 30, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Guys - spot on. You should have read some of his posts during the Odis in india.... he is but one of several india "fans" that have no credibility whatsoever.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    it shoul be Gary Kirtsen not andy flower xx

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Some people on here should stop worrying about the minutiae of Andy Flower's age and start by commenting from a stand point of knowledge. If you comment based on ignorance it shows you up for what you really are. Do some research if you aren't sure of what it's about. Try to think a bit more about what the role of a coach is at any level in any sport, from the volunteer coach at the bottom of the rung to the highest paid elite coaches like Andy Flower. They all play a part in the development of a sportsman/woman and that's what these awards recognise.

  • POSTED BY LuvThyGame on | December 1, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    pathetic ... "UK coach of the year" by "UK coaching awards" !!! ??? what on earth is "UK coaching awards" !!??!!.. if its only for coaches in UK, then it would be a disaster to give it someone other than the national coach, for it means the other person should be doing the job..

    also Andy Flower is not 37 !!!?

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 1, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    This award was given by the coaching industry body, Sports Coach UK. Andy Flower's competition for this was every coach in the UK, across all sports, not just in cricket. It is due recognition of his work and achievements. If you visit the sports coach uk website you will find out a lot more. In 2009, Mark Lane won the award for his work with the successful England Womens cricket team, which won the ODI and T20 world cups and the Ashes that year. In 2008 it was Shane Sutton for his work with the British cycling team (so successful at the Olympics) and in 2010 it was golf coach Pete Cowen, who coached half the successful Ryder Cup team and a couple of Major winners. For a coach, this award really means something as there is quite a lot of competition!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | December 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @jaycee, dont you realise the world revolves around India, even if its an internal ECB award it should be given to an Indian. @Chetan007, didnt Kirsten resign at the start of 2011, leaving the post after the WC, one might think he saw the writting on the wall for the summer and got out before the proverbial hit the fan.

  • POSTED BY jaycee71 on | December 1, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    to all the Indian fans wondering why Gary Kirsten didn't win it...it's the UK Coaching Awards not the Indian Coaching Awards, maybe read the whole article in future and not just the headline?

  • POSTED BY Chetan007 on | December 1, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    It should be Gary Kristen, HE has taken India to number 1 position, world cup win, 2nd position in ODI. Flower has not done enough except of winning Ashes that too when Oz were facing difficult phase, Win against India that too in home series than loosing 5-0 from India at their home. The most important win came his way was world T20 cup. I am sure they will not at all able to defend the title. It was supposed that England has a good bench strength. Do they? I don't think so. None of the player has proved them outside England.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | December 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    He deserves It !!!! one of the main man for Eng's rise on top.......... well done & keep going !!!!

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | December 1, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Haha Flower, one who got thumped everytime he visited outside England this year including a world cup

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | November 30, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Guys - spot on. You should have read some of his posts during the Odis in india.... he is but one of several india "fans" that have no credibility whatsoever.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    it shoul be Gary Kirtsen not andy flower xx

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | November 30, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Andy flower has show why he is massively respected from his protest against the death of democracy in his native country to his cool calm and incisive leadership of the england cricket team, to you sir thank from all of us on being a fantastic ambassador for the game.@gerard pereira I suggest you have a look at your comments and ask your self why do I eat rotten apples......

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | November 30, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    RandyOz- must hurt that there are no decent Aussie Coaches out there. Picking a South African as coach must really hurt you. Must be difficult to be beaten by us 3 times out of last 4.Look forward to next time we play you.get your excuses in early eh

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | November 30, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Of course - only natural that a guy of his obvious ability and accomplishments should be recognised in this way. Great! Well done Andy Flower!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    @ Gerard Pereira: comments like yours say so much more about you and your generosity of spirit than anything else! Perhaps you'll explain how a pitch is rigged - and then tell us how you Flower achieved that in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide? Cricket does not need supporters like you as you are not funny, not magnamous, and certainly uninformed. I wish you a larger, kinder heart and better judgement of a man's worth.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | November 30, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @ RandyOz. remind me who is the coach of Australia?.....

  • POSTED BY Bulletdrive on | November 30, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Ridiculous !! It has to be Gary Kirsten !!

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | November 30, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Andy Flower, 37 ?!?!?! Only 6 years off his real age but that's fine.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Flower has perfected the art of pitch rigging and gamesmanship. He needs all the help he can get managing a team like England. Hats off to the guy.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 30, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    A well deserved award indeed! English fans have much to thank Andy Flower for. I venture to suggest that if it had not been for his vision, drive, man-management and especially his chemistry with Andrew Strauss, England would not sit atop the pile of Test playing nations as they do at the moment. The ECB should do all they can to retain his services for years to come. Thank you for doing your job superbly, Andy. You are so highly valued by all who care about English cricket and, I am sure, have earnt the respect of cricketers and cricket followers across the world.

  • POSTED BY 360review on | November 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Yup, Flower, the UK coach of the year. Not sure how many coaches were involved in UK but Flower does deserve the recognition - especially for running to the opposite team captain during a test match break and requesting that the opposite team allow England's batsmen back on the filed for a novice mistake the batsmen made. How many coaches in the world have done this? How many coaches in the world have turned a test cricket game into gully-cricket?

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 30, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe and South Africa. Your ability to supply two nation's worth of players still astounds me!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | November 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Great to see Andy Flower's work being recognized by the sporting fraternity. Hopefully over the next few years he'll guide England to even greater success.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | November 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    I guess Andy Flower has finally busted the theory that 'A Successful player do not amount to a Successful Coach'! No one can question his awesome abilities both as a player and as a coach. And by the way,Andy is 43 years old and not 37 as the article mentioned.So kindly rectify the factual error,Cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Zimbabwean for life, our cricket has a bright future

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | November 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Well done - he seems to know what his job is and has been working with the England side to accomplish it. Seems well spoken when interviewed and appears to give honest answers. Its been quite a turnaround with the English side and I recon this guy has a lot to do with it.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | November 30, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Well deserved by Flower, hes been the driving force behind Englands performances over the last 2 years, and he keeps the team grounded. Also pleased to see Graham Dilley get a postumous award.

  • POSTED BY MalolanR on | November 30, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Andy Flower Is 43 And Not 37

  • POSTED BY Tom_Bowler on | November 30, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Well I'm always pleased to see the achievements of the magnificent Mr Flower being acknowledged but what exactly are the UK Coaching Awards? It sounds like something dreamed up so members of the HR industry can slap one another on the back, I'm not sure it's really cricket news. On the plus side this will inspire a predictable tsunami of whinging from some of our Indian and Australian buddies so it has its positive side.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Andy Flower is 43 and not 37.. What a blunder.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Andy Flower is 43 and not 37.. What a blunder.

  • POSTED BY Tom_Bowler on | November 30, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Well I'm always pleased to see the achievements of the magnificent Mr Flower being acknowledged but what exactly are the UK Coaching Awards? It sounds like something dreamed up so members of the HR industry can slap one another on the back, I'm not sure it's really cricket news. On the plus side this will inspire a predictable tsunami of whinging from some of our Indian and Australian buddies so it has its positive side.

  • POSTED BY MalolanR on | November 30, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Andy Flower Is 43 And Not 37

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | November 30, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Well deserved by Flower, hes been the driving force behind Englands performances over the last 2 years, and he keeps the team grounded. Also pleased to see Graham Dilley get a postumous award.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | November 30, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Well done - he seems to know what his job is and has been working with the England side to accomplish it. Seems well spoken when interviewed and appears to give honest answers. Its been quite a turnaround with the English side and I recon this guy has a lot to do with it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Zimbabwean for life, our cricket has a bright future

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | November 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    I guess Andy Flower has finally busted the theory that 'A Successful player do not amount to a Successful Coach'! No one can question his awesome abilities both as a player and as a coach. And by the way,Andy is 43 years old and not 37 as the article mentioned.So kindly rectify the factual error,Cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | November 30, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Great to see Andy Flower's work being recognized by the sporting fraternity. Hopefully over the next few years he'll guide England to even greater success.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 30, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe and South Africa. Your ability to supply two nation's worth of players still astounds me!

  • POSTED BY 360review on | November 30, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Yup, Flower, the UK coach of the year. Not sure how many coaches were involved in UK but Flower does deserve the recognition - especially for running to the opposite team captain during a test match break and requesting that the opposite team allow England's batsmen back on the filed for a novice mistake the batsmen made. How many coaches in the world have done this? How many coaches in the world have turned a test cricket game into gully-cricket?