Flower remains committed to coaching England

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“I’m very motivated to contribute to English cricket and that’s what I’m going to do”

England head coach Andy Flower has announced that he still remains committed to helping the national team even though he is set to meet the incoming managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Paul Downton, in Sydney over the coming days.

Flower noted that the talks will be centred around how to take a step forward after the national team’s dismal tour of Australia.

“Certainly I examine my role in the tour,” Flower said. “I ask myself tough questions, but my focus at the moment is the Sydney Test match.

“Paul Downton the new managing director has arrived in Australia and I’ll be meeting with him in Sydney.

“We’ll talk about the leadership of the national team with regards to the coaching position. I’m very motivated to contribute to English cricket and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Flower also has no doubts that Alastair Cook is the right man to be captaining the Test team, and said: “Yes, he is. Alastair Cook has captained six Test series for England, and this is the first series loss he’s had. But this is a very challenging time for any leader. For Alastair and me, it’s certainly in that bracket. Out of challenging times, sometimes we can grow significantly.”

Flower also noted that England have to “redeem” themselves in the final Test in Sydney if they are to spared the humiliation of being whitewashed 5-0.

“The guys are fighting,” he said. “Not fighting well enough [though].

“Our batting over the four Tests has generally let us down. We are all responsible for this result, the management staff as well as the players.

“We don’t want people to accept losses too easily. But equally sometimes you have to accept the fact you’ve been outplayed. I don’t believe we should be totally distraught about where we are. Now we’re faced with one chance in Sydney to redeem ourselves to a small extent.”

Flower added that there will be changes made to England’s squad for the final Test, but he did not guarantee that Jonny Bairstow will continue on as wicketkeeper.

“He’s a young man who’s played 13 Test matches,” Flower said. “He’s still learning as a wicketkeeper-batsman and I hope when he gets another chance he’ll do oustandingly well. I would imagine there will be one or two changes for the Sydney Test.”

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