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New role for Andy

London: Andy Flower is to become the England and Wales Cricket Board’s technical director of elite coaching, a job based at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

After a winter of discontent that saw England suffer an Ashes whitewash, both Flower and Kevin Pietersen appear to have got what they want out from the fall out. Flower a well-paid job that has minimal travel so he can be with his family and Pietersen a full-time gig in the Indian Premier League, where he can indulge his wilder excesses of self-promotion and still be loved.

Flower’s impressive list of achievements as England’s team director, which include three successive Ashes wins, a World T20 title and guiding England to reach No 1 in all three forms of the game, always meant he had credit in the bank with his employers.

Flower’s appointment to the role and especially the brief that he will work with the next generation of England players suggests that his successor as head coach will be someone who knows and agrees with his methods, someone like Ashley Giles.