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Flower cautions on hasty decisions

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March 27, 2011

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Andrew Strauss was left frustrated and powerless to stop England's slide out the tournament, Sri Lanka v England, 4th quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Colombo, March 26 2011
Andrew Strauss's one-day form has been consistent, but he may considered moving on from the side © Getty Images
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Andy Flower, the England team director, has admitted brief discussions with Andrew Strauss over the captain's future in one-day internationals but wants the dust to settle on their World Cup quarter-final exit before any major decisions are taken. Sri Lanka handed them a 10-wicket thrashing in Colombo to continue England's poor record at the global tournament since 1992.

Rumours about Strauss's future in the 50-over game began while England were still in the World Cup and, although he was quick to quell them, it's likely that consideration will be given to the value of him continuing as the team begin their four-yearly rebuilding cycle.

There is no doubt Strauss still warrants a place on form - he made 334 runs at 47.71 in the World Cup including 158 against India - but he may decide to focus his energies on guiding England to the Test No. 1 ranking.

"I know he would have liked to have finished stronger with the bat personally, having had such a great start to the tournament, but he's been as strong as ever," Flower told Sky Sports. "Whether he focuses on only Test cricket at the moment, I'm not too sure. We've discussed it very briefly.

"But now is the not the time to make too many judgements, too many big decisions. Over the next few weeks, which he will have off, we can talk about that sort of stuff."

The ECB will review the performances over the last six months - which included the major aim of winning in Australia - before the home international season begins against Sri Lanka on May 26. Flower has his own thoughts about lessons that have been learnt and changes that need to be made, but didn't want to elaborate in the immediate aftermath of defeat.

"I don't want to talk too much about those reasons right now," he said. "I think it's best that we travel home, clear our heads and then we can look back on the last few months and review it properly - and probably with a cleaner set of eyes and a clearer mind."

There had been genuine belief that England could challenge for their first World Cup title after an upturn in 50-over form in the last 18 months and their victory at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean. England's limited-overs play had been characterised by a positive approach but that vanished against Sri Lanka which was one of Flower's biggest regrets.

"I thought [it] was a good example of playing with fear. We were very tentative and we obviously had a very poor start," he said. "We are paying the price for that tentativeness."


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Posted by Mark on (March 30, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

Andrew Strauss is the best captain that England's had in 20 years. He is a fine ambassador for English Cricket and plays the game in its original gentlemanly spirit, which I respect greatly. In modern sport where we see so much bad conduct. That is a refresing change . He is a refreshing change from the Boorish and ungentlemanly conduct of so many Aussie Captains and aussie crowds. It is right that such a person won the ashes fair and square from Australia last summer. Despite crashing out of the world cup tournament AGAIN. Mr Strauss can take heart from the fact that his England team went over to Australia and did near impossible of winning the Ashes on their home turf. When people like McGrath and Ponting were saying aussies would win 5-0 4-0. He made the aussies eat their words. The wheels seemed to have come off England, when Flethcer-Vaougn left. However under the Flower-Strauss partnership England is playing good cricket again. I am sure under Flower-Stauss, they will do well.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 30, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

I think they lost their matchwinners due to injuries...

Posted by micheal v on (March 30, 2011, 18:45 GMT)

Why all the times the captians get blammedit was not his mistake the eng lost the wc . every player should step up and do their best ehich didnt happen. For improtvement there should not be change in the captaincy and should find an premanent opners for all format(i sugest cook)

Posted by Alun on (March 30, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

I was surprised when the squad was announced that Adil Rashid was not in it but I heard that it was agreed mutually with Yorkshire he would not go which if true is a bit silly as the conditions would be helpful and he is a good batsmen as well. My first reaction to Samit Patel not being picked due to his apparent refusal to get in half decent shape was good serves him right. After a bit of thought thought (and the benefit of hindsight) I would have taken him and in the warmup matches made him bowl ten overs straight in the stifling heat and fielded him in a demanding position and then when he was chucking up in the outfield put an arm on his shoulder and say right then Samit are you going to work on your fitness now??! I would have called up Woakes as a replacement for Broad as he did really well against Australia and is useful in the lower order, one of the selectors strengths lately has been their consistent selection and by not taking Woakes they went against that.

Posted by Roalnd on (March 29, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Irrespective of whether they played with "fear" or they were tired or whichever excuse is being bandied about. The team that took the field was in no way representative of the nation's best XI and certainly not the best XI for the conditions. Taking an unsuitable bowling attack up against the, in terms of form, best top 4 in the tournament after not scoring enough runs was never going to augur well. As for not playing spin well, the ball wasn't turning, it was just slow bowling and it needed to be given some tap (which is what SL did to Swann/Tredders)

We did as well as Australia and South Africa did and provided a lot of entertainment to millions of cricket fans so the tournament was a success for England as far as i'm concerned. Roll on the series against India & SL.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 28, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

It was pretty evident that England lacked their match winners and some good players who never made it to the playing 11. Also like many said that long AUS tour killed them. All in all England dint win this cup and never will is not because of the talent or skill factor,It is the lack of commitment and Spirit towards your country. I was shocked at yardys comment when he said he will concentrate on Sussex cricket (Depression forgivable) when your team is playing in WC. Flintoff was another such example, cud have done so much for England but never made it big. Nazeer hussain the former England captian, is one such person i can think who was passionate about representing England. Unless you produce players who put country first than some stupid IPL or personal problems, WINNING WC WILL REMAIN AS A DREAM.

Posted by NAJEEB on (March 28, 2011, 21:49 GMT)

I was sad to see England and South Africa both go out. However they have a common deficiency that Strauss has stated - lack of quality in the squad as a whole. Losing KP and Broad were big blows but though Morgan stepped in they did'nt replace Broad and also lack quality slow bowler options and the variations this can bring. They were crying out for a Mascharenas type of bowler who is also a decent bat.

Posted by Rohan on (March 28, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

England could have been beaten at any stage in this wc, this was not only evidenced by their losses to Bangladesh and Ireland, but also in their narrow wins over netherlands, SA and WI, so given their hot n cold performances (though exciting for cricket lovers) it was always just a matter of curtain calls for them. England is a very profesional disciplined team who should win normal run of the mill matches day in day out, they lack an x factor guy or two to clear the boundaries, blast opposition or field and catch stunningly... a pollard, devilliers,malinga, obrien, afridi someone of that ilk. an individual who whether they fail or succeed will make a difference by just being there.

Posted by Aditya on (March 28, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

Out of resources is the how you describe it. They lack solid power hitters and I am not talking about pinch hitters. They will have the same problems in the next world cup. Changing captains will not help. Strauss has done a phenomenal job as captain.

Posted by Little on (March 28, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

Unfortunately, every time we lose a big tournament we come up with lots and lots of excuses. Lets not blame fatigue and tiredness and accept the fact that we played oridinary cricket. Aus, India and SA all play more cricket than England. We keep banging on about ashes win but remember we are knocked out of the WORLD CUP! Strauss is a good Test captain but not ODI or T20I. We are now going to have a big break and SL and India visits us in few months and lets see if we can win against them then we complaint about the fatigue. I doubt we will win against team like INDIA and SL. What'll be our excuse then?

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