Flower favours review into Ashes flop

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Andy Flower is all in favour of a review into England’s Ashes failings this winter and appears intent on staying on as coach in the months and years ahead.

Flower will meet with the new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Paul Downton, to discuss his future following a defeat in Melbourne which leaves the tourists 4-0 down in the series with one match to play.

The England coach spoke with enthusiasm, however, about the challenges ahead for him - not just in the final Test in Sydney, starting on Friday, but also in trying to help revive England’s fortunes thereafter. England were last whitewashed in Australia, for only the second time in their history, just two tours ago and subsequently commissioned the Schofield Report to try to ensure there would never be a repeat.

The far-reaching recommendations came to fruition, especially in the Flower era which began two years later and culminated in a prized Ashes series victory Down Under in 2010-11 - as well as two home successes against Australia and, fleetingly, number one position in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings.

The events of the past two months have been a world away from that, though, and hit a new low on Sunday with the eight-wicket defeat at the MCG.

“It would be right to look into the reasons why we haven’t done well in this series,” Flower said.

“I also think it’s important that (you do that) when you have a very successful series.

“So, for example after the 2010-11 series here, there was a report on why it was successful. On this occasion, it hasn’t been successful - and I think there should be some sort of review as to why, certainly.”

As things stand - and, of course, they could change in Sydney - Flower appears to envisage his own continued involvement, as well as that of Cook as captain.

“The prospect of building a new, successful England side would excite any coach,” he said.