• Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Giles likely to succeed Flower

Afp, Melbourne

England Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke hinted Saturday that Ashley Giles would succeed Andy Flower as Test coach after the former Zimbabwe international quit following their Ashes whitewash.
Flower resigned on Friday to allow the team to rebuild after their disastrous tour of Australia, where they lost the Test series 5-0.
However, he is remaining a selector "for the time being", with British reports saying the decision to stand down was his alone and not prompted by the Ashes humiliation.
Flower had already ceded coaching control of England's one-day team to former England spinner Giles, and said he had come to the conclusion that a man in his position needed to be "responsible across all formats".
Clarke suggested Giles could take over all three formats, without putting a timeframe on any appointment.
Last month British press reports, denied by Flower, suggested he was not prepared to carry on as England coach so long as Kevin Pietersen remained in the team.
Pietersen has signalled he intends to keep playing international cricket until at least the 2015 Ashes, with a clearer indication of his future coming this week when England name their squad for the one-day series in West Indies and World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.


England play their final Twenty20 international in Sydney today.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, February 02, 2014

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