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I’m responsible for dismal show: Andy

Melbourne: Andy Flower, the architect of England’s rise to the pinnacle of Test cricket, however brief the reign, is contracted till the end of the five-Test series Down Under, but has given no indication as to whether he intends to stay on.

“We have two Tests and I am hungry to do well in those games,” the 45-year-old former Zimbabwe captain told a television channel after his side lost the third Test and the series in Perth on Tuesday.

“That is as far as I am looking at the moment.”

Flower was not shirking his responsibility for England’s stunning fall from grace in Australia, however, where they have been outplayed in every facet of the game.

“Absolutely it’s my responsibility that England played so poorly, so I’m quite comfortable taking that on,” Flower said in Perth.

“I think without a doubt I have to look at how we prepared and the decisions we made, and certainly that I’ve made.”

Matt Prior’s dismal wicket-keeping in Perth, where he missed two stumping opportunities and failed to move for a catch that was clearly his, smacked of a man utterly bereft of confidence.

Flower suggested he could hardly do worse than to let Prior rest in Melbourne and give Jonny Bairstow a chance.

“It’s a possibility, of course,” he said.

“Matt Prior has been an outstanding cricketer for England during a second phase of his English career. But like all those positions we have to review them.”

Flower’s main concern lies in his bowling stocks, however, where his front-line troops James Anderson and Graeme Swann have not only been down on form, but had their noses rubbed in the dirt by a resurgent Australian batting order. (Reuters)