Andy Flower steps down as coach of the English cricket team

ANDY Flower has stepped down as coach of the English cricket team in the wake of the squad's recent Ashes thrashing against Australia.

After the 5-0 Test series whitewash in Australia, the 45-year-old Zimbabwean had said he wanted to stay on as coach but after a meeting at Lord's, he issued a statement pointing to the heavy defeat, saying the ECB needed to rebuild with a new set of values and goals.

"Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat, it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket, led by (captain) Alastair Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals," Flower said in a statement on the ECB website.

"This has been a very difficult decision to make and I remain committed to England cricket and would like to wish Alastair Cook and (England Cricket managing director) Paul Downton every success.

"I will remain in my position as a selector for the time being and am currently exploring possible roles within the ECB. The priority must now be to establish the direction and personnel needed to ensure England cricket moves forward."

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