Farmer wants to lead England’s new era

Andy Flower is excited about the challenges ahead.
Andy Flower is excited about the challenges ahead.
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Andy Flower is adamant he wants to carry on as England coach once this winter’s Ashes misery is over.

Flower senses that one era is ending in Australia with a “fresh cycle” about to begin for England’s Test team, and he wants to be part of it.

Flower acknowledges that, for England to start to revisit the glories he oversaw in three previous successive Ashes series victories and a rise to the top of the International Cricket Council world rankings, urgent action is needed.

“Some things have to change. I think this is the ending of a certain era for this team - and after Sydney it will be the start of a fresh cycle in some way,” he said.

“I’d like to carry on. I love exciting challenges and still have confidence in my ability to lead England in the right direction.”

Flower cited Graeme Swann’s retirement after three Tests and Jonathan Trott’s departure after the first match with a stress-related illness as two signposts that change is afoot.

An unsuccessful campaign will hit rock bottom if England lose in Sydney to suffer a second Ashes whitewash in three tours .

But he has made it clear his intention is to remain as coach in an effort to regenerate the team alongside captain Alastair Cook.