Full Name

Andrew Flower

Born

April 28, 1968, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa

Age

53y 182d

Nicknames

Petals

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Height

5ft 10in

Education

Vainona High School

relations

(brother)

Other

Coach

TEAMS

The elder of two Test-playing brothers, Andy Flower was for a long time Zimbabwe's only batsman of true Test quality in all conditions. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000 he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe's history.

Flower continued to take on the tough roles, moving into coaching within the England set-up, firstly as assistant to Peter Moores and then, after the very public falling out between Moores and Kevin Pietersen, he was named interim coach for the 2009 West Indies tour. A few weeks after that trip the top job - team director - came his way.

He had two stints as Zimbabwe captain, leading them to their first Test victory against Pakistan in 1994-95, and then becoming the first Zimbabwean to lead a Test tour of England, in 2000. An assured player of fast bowling since his early days as an opener, Flower matured into one of the best players of spin in the world, and on the Indian tour early in 2001 he made 540 runs for twice out.

Opposing bowlers targeted him accordingly and after a phenomenal Test against South Africa at Harare, when he made 142 and 199 not out, he suffered a rare slump. He announced his retirement from international cricket after a turbulent 2003 World Cup, which started with an unprecedented protest by Flower, and his equally brave team-mate Henry Olonga, about what they called the "death of democracy" in Zimbabwe. Flower played for Essex from 2002 until 2006, and enjoyed a season in South Australia in 2003-04.

He was joined at Essex by his brother Grant in 2005, and they became the first brothers to score first-class centuries for the county in the same innings against Lancashire that year. But injury ruled him out of the 2007 season, and when the offer came to become England's assistant coach, he retired and took it.

But any thoughts of enjoying a few years under the wing of Peter Moores vanished in early January 2009 and less than 48 hours later he was thrust in charge of the national team. When England crumbled for 51 in Jamaica, Flower's calm but authoritative response impressed many and his standing improved throughout the tour.

He had confronted many challenges in his career, but the manner in which took to the England coaching job showed his previous successes in a new and even more flattering light. Presented at last with a team capable of living up to his own lofty standards, he forged an unbreakable bond with his captain Andrew Strauss, and set about raising standards on all fronts.

Within his first two years at the helm, Flower had won two Ashes campaigns, home and away, achieved unmatched levels of consistency in 50-over cricket, and delivered England their first global ICC trophy at the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in May 2010. He was at the helm in 2011, when England battered India 4-0 in a much-anticipated Test series that culminated in them moving to No. 1 in the Test rankings.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test63112194794232*51.541063645.071227543201519
ODI21320816678614535.34909774.5945514132
FC2233726916379271*54.05497536121
List A380366451251114538.97129725448
T20212025958333.05481123.700470860
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test632340---8.00-000
ODI213230230---4.59-000
FC22362927071/138.572.5789.800
List A38013210311/211/21103.004.68132.0000
T2021------------
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Glenn Maxwell, J Suchith and a celebration for a catch to remember
Andy Flower and Faf du Plessis strike a pose
The World XI squad that will tour Pakistan next month
Former England coach Andy Flower was overseeing the Lions
Andy Flower had been at the ECB since 2007
Andy Flower has taken up his first coaching role since leaving the ECB