England's World Twenty20 triumph May 19, 2010

Flower warns of rotation likelihood

Cricinfo staff

England's coach, Andy Flower, believes that some of England's key players will have to be rested during the forthcoming home series against Bangladesh, Pakistan and Australia, in order to make sure they are in peak condition come the Ashes and the World Cup this winter.

Speaking in the aftermath of England's triumphant World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean, Flower emphasised the need to keep bodies and minds fresh in the course of a hectic schedule, and warned that key performers such as Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood and Graeme Swann - who are integral to all three forms of the game - are those most at risk of burn-out.

"We have a very busy 12 months ahead of us and we are going to have to rest players at various times," England Flower told reporters at Gatwick on Monday. "In certain situations it is possible that we will have to rest some players either for emotional reasons such as stress, and sometimes it will be for strength and conditioning reasons. With our schedule it will be hard to fit enough strength and conditioning in."

The issue of squad rotation comes into sharp focus this week with the return to action of the Test and 50-overs captain, Andrew Strauss. He has been resting since the end of the South Africa series in January, having been replaced by Alastair Cook for the recent tour of Bangladesh, but is set to lead the side at Lord's next week for the first Test of the summer, against Bangladesh.

Collingwood, who has become the first England captain to lift an ICC trophy in 35 years of trying, says that he has no wish to reclaim the job that he held briefly at 50-over level in 2008, and is ready and willing to return to the ranks when Strauss returns to the fray.

"Andrew Strauss is obviously our captain in the one-day format and in the Test format," said Collingwood. "He's a fantastic leader, and a lot of this kind of success we've had over the last few weeks can go down to a lot of the values he and Andy Flower have installed in us over the past year. The team ethic has certainly helped the team gel together and become a strong unit."

"The players are desperate to continue this kind of form and this brand of cricket and hopefully that will take us on to win a lot of silverware in the future," he added. "The brand of cricket that we played in the Twenty20 is something we have to keep trying to improve. It has been successful in this tournament but we have to adapt it to different conditions now.

"We have a World Cup coming up now on the subcontinent and so I'm pretty certain that Strauss and Flower will want us to continue with that same brand of cricket. It's only another 30 overs on top of what we have been playing in the last few weeks so I'm sure that if we can go out with the same mentality we will go out and scare a lot of sides with the way we play."

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  • John on May 25, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    The most important thing is that the players are happy with the way they are treated. If a top plyer is rested against his wishes, it will have a negative effect on his play and in the dressing room. However, if everyone is on board and content with their treatment, the side will be united and positive. England showed how important attitude is in the T20 World Cup.

  • James on May 20, 2010, 13:04 GMT


    Please do tell me where Strauss played Cricket abroad before coming to the UK? Beach Cricket in South Africa when he was 5?

    Don't people understand the concept of Nationality?

  • david on May 20, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    rotation is all well and good, but remember that test match cricket is the most important. i would give up the 20/20 world cup for a series win in oz this winter. dpk

  • Devinderpal Singh on May 20, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    ...so for the ODI's, Michael Lumb is going to be dropped for another player who started playing the game in a different country, Strauss. The batting selections are a joke if 4 of the 5 batsmen that occupy the top 5 batting spots didn't even start playing their cricket in our country. Yes, I am from England, but I've not forgotten the fact that it was South African players who couldn't get into their country's team because of the transformation policy, that scored the runs for England in the recently concluded tournament. Since Marcus Trescothick, ENGLAND (emphasis on the country) haven't produced a dominanting batsmen, and the selectors are more than happy to sell out their country by choosing better players that don't belong if it leads to greater success.

  • lucy on May 20, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Does rotation actually keep players fresher? *All* players? I mean, there are different personalities and such. Why not send the A Team (PS: that aint a plug for the movie) to play the T20 matches (as that's where Bangladesh are most dangerous) and the B Team to play the boring forms of the game?

  • vinod on May 19, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Lets see how England play the 50 overs game. There are lot of masters in other teams.

  • Khawaja on May 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    well the ability to select from a group of successful players is always a happy one in cricket...obviously the successful , fit and consistent players and the form they have shown in the type of cricket is the basis of selection...one would have thought that davies would have beaten prior but kieswetter made the 20-20 keeping job and opening role his own pretty quickly...Lumb might not have been as successful but with pieterson, collingwood, morgan they look a much better side...obviously their 50 over side will improve with the experience and talent that is being groomed and they they have already a good test record having dealt with australia successfully in two home series...obviously the team is better off now than when they had a few seniors to depend upon...with more players and bowlers becoming dependable england can only improve...they might have a good coach and everyone knows that a consistent performance is necessary to stay in the side...

  • Steve on May 19, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    They say this now but I can guarantee you they will stick with much the same line-up for the whole summer. As good as the selectors have been since Graveney thankfully disappeared, they still err too much on the side of caution.

  • Ricky on May 19, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    The unity of the team and aggression of the players to play for their country instead of playing for money led England to win World T20 World Cup in Windies 2010. Good job England you deserve it.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    This makes good sense to me, England currently have a wealth of talent in all departments, its going to be very hard to whittle this lot down to the XI to pay Bangladesh and for the subsequent one day series, in no particular order:-


    Strauss Cook Carberry Pietersen Bell Collingwood Morgan Trott Lumb Bopara


    Prior Kieswetter Davies


    Anderson Broad Sidebottom Onions Finn Bresnan Shazhad


    Swann Tredwell Yardy Rashid

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