Flower steps down as England coach

Andy Flower
Andy Flower

Andy Flower has stepped down as England team director.

Flower’s decision follows a meeting with new England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton.

Flower has been in charge since taking over from Peter Moores in 2009 and boasts a fine record, but his position became untenable after the Ashes whitewash this winter.

The ECB confirmed Flower will continue to act as a selector for the time being and he is hoping to find a new position within the organisation. Although the ongoing tour of Australia will go down as the nadir of the Flower era, the Ashes was a productive series during his tenure.

England won the urn on three occasions with Flower at the helm, at home in 2009 and 2013 and Down Under in 2010-11 - the latter ending a 24-year wait for victory in Australia.

A series win in India in 2012 was another high watermark, with England winning there for the first time in 27 years, while his finest hour in the shorter formats came with victory in the World Twenty20 almost four years ago.

Flower, 45, relinquished control of the one-day and Twenty20 sides to Ashley Giles in December 2012, but retained overall responsibility for team affairs.