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Flower took responsibility for England’s horrendous tour of Australia
Andy Flower has resigned as England’s team director following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia, during which they were whitewashed 5-0 in the Ashes, lost the ODI series 4-1 and currently trail 2-0 in the ongoing Twenty20 series.
Flower informed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about his decision, but it is likely that he will now be in charge of the country’s National Performance Centre in Loughborough.
England’s new managing director Paul Downton admitted that he was “very disappointed” with Flower’s decision to step down.
“We respect his decision and the reasons for it but we are keen to keep Andy’s experience and outstanding knowledge within the ECB,” Downton added. “We are at advanced stages of negotiating a role for Andy within the ECB structure which will best utilise his undoubted skills.”
Even though the ECB will launch an advertisement to find a replacement for Flower, it is likely that limited overs coach Ashley Giles will be one of the frontrunners from the get-go since he has already built a solid relationship with the team.