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Andy Flower's five years in charge of England

ESPNcricinfo charts Andy Flower's tenure as England team director

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 31, 2014

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Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower received their OBEs during an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, October 4, 2011
Andy Flower's partnership with Andrew Strauss brought England one the most successful periods in their history © PA Photos
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May 2007: Injury and the chance to become assistant England coach under Peter Moores pushes Flower into ending his playing career at Essex.

January 2009: Flower takes over overall responsibility for England cricket after Moores is sacked following a furore involving Kevin Pietersen, who is removed as captain and replaced by Andrew Strauss.

Febeurary 2009: Flower's first Test match ends in a calamitous innings defeat as England are bowled out for just 51 in Jamaica. England miss chances to turn the series around and the Wisden trophy is lost.

May 2009: England exact swift revenge on West Indies and later in the summer the Ashes are regained. In between England are humiliated in their own World T20 with an opening match defeat to Netherlands as they fail to make the semi-finals.

December 2009: Flower oversees a maiden ODI series victory in South Africa before a very credible 1-1 draw in the Test series.

May 2010: Delivers the holy grail as England finally win their first global tournament with World T20 victory in the West Indies. Back in England, a spot-fixing scandal overshadows the Pakistan Test series.

January 2011: Flower brings in more gold as England win their first Ashes series in Australia for the first time in 24 years but are brought back to earth by a poor World Cup campaign in India where England lose to Ireland and Bangladesh and are swept aside by 10 wickets against Sri Lanka in the quarter-final.

April 2011 Flower begins new partnerships as Strauss resigns the one-day captaincy following the Word Cup with Alastair Cook taking over. Shortly after, Stuart Broad is appointed T20 captain leaving England with three different skippers.

July 2011: But there's no stopping Flower's England in Test cricket as they rise to No. 1 in the world with a 4-0 hammering of India.


Andy Flower speaks to the media in Melbourne, December 30, 2013
Andy Flower had some difficult questions to answer following the Ashes whitewash © Getty Images
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February 2012: Heavy hangs the head who wears the crown - England are destroyed 3-0 against Pakistan in the UAE, as major deficiencies of their batsman against spin bowling are exposed. England are also spun out in their next Test in Galle but they recover to draw the series 1-1.

May 2012: Kevin Pietersen causes headaches for Flower as he retires from limited-overs cricket having demanded more time to play in the IPL. England win eight of their 10 completed ODIs that summer.

August 2012: Flower forced into action to keep his dressing room together after Pietersen is exposed criticising captain Strauss in text messages to the South African opposition who beat England 2-0 and take over as the world's No. 1 Test team. Strauss resigns at the end of the series ending a hugely successful partnership with Flower. Cook takes over.

October 2012: England's defence of their World T20 title ends in the Super Eights phase; Flower steps down as one-day coach with Ashley Giles replacing him - a move anticipated to extend Flower's time with the England Test team.

December 2012: Flower chalks up another major achievement as England defy the odds to win a Test series in India for the first time in two decades with Pietersen successfully reintegrated into the dressing room.

August 2013: The Ashes are retained but cracks begin to emerge in several areas of the team, cracks that are horribly exposed four months later as England produce horrendous cricket to surrender the Ashes 5-0. Flower insists he is the right man to take England into a new era and is publicly backed by the ECB.

January 2014: Flower steps down as England team director after five years in charge.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

andy you were to strict to start with and deal with. i think you need to coach IPL teams then you will understand that a coach has to be a friend not dictator. have fun you did a great job for england but your micro management was big time failure.

Posted by Dhushan on (January 31, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

I don't deny that losing the Ashes 5-0 is humiliating, & that England played horrible cricket; but it was under Flower that England won the Ashes in Australia after 20+ years, they won the Ashes 3 times in a row since 1981, AND they won an ICC tournament for the 1st time. I think he deserved the chance to start with a new team. That being said, all the best for your future, and thank you for the service.

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (January 31, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

BCCI please make him India coach. Get him in selection committee as well, he will do wonders with his methodical approach which has been a scarcity over here. Just two or three bad series in six year span is not a bad mark in his CV at all. I feel ECB did not handle this ouster well, they are only going to regress after Flower for some time.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Good decision his shelf life is over as England Director!!!

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Flower deserve more chances.. He brought more honor dispute what happened in this Ashes

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Well It was expected to be happen....

Posted by   on (January 31, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I am waiting for the day of Duncan Fletcher...

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