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Flower impresses ECB chief Morris

Andy Flower
Flower has coached England in the West Indies

Andy Flower is a strong candidate to be named England coach on a permanent basis, according to Hugh Morris.

Morris, managing director for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will chair the interview panel as England seek Peter Moores' successor.

And Morris stated that Flower had impressed as temporary coach despite England suffering a disappointing winter tour of the West Indies.

"Andy's had a difficult role, but he's dealt with it really well," he said.

Flower is expected to be interviewed in England soon after the squad return from the West Indies, with South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and Gary Kirsten, in charge of India, also believed to be on the shortlist.

Flower took over on a temporary basis when Peter Moores and captain Kevin Pietersen, who did not get on, departed shortly before the Caribbean tour.

England lost the five-Test series against West Indies 1-0 are are level in the one-day series heading into Friday's decisive fifth match.

However, Morris said he has been impressed by the coach's relationship with captain Andrew Strauss, adding: "The results here won't necessarily count against Andy. We've played some good cricket.

"The relationship between captain and coach in cricket is probably as important a relationship as any in sport.

"It is fundamentally important that the captain and coach share a vision of where they would want to take the team both on and off the field."

The ECB hope to have a full-time coach in place before 6 May, when the first Test starts against the West Indies at Lord's.

That will be start of a busy period for England, with the World Twenty20 in June and the Ashes in the second part of the summer. That will be followed by a trip to South Africa for the ICC Champions Trophy.


Morris said: "Our good play in the West Indies is testament to Andy and Andrew Strauss. We want someone who can take England forward, not just for the Twenty20 and the Ashes but beyond that.

"Too often in the past we've created and developed good teams who have done well over a short period of time. We want to create sustainable success."

"The ECB have to support the coach as much as we possibly can in terms of the people he wants around him. We've got to be prepared to make decisions and support that person.

"The successful candidate has got to review everything we're doing at the moment and they have got to be given a free hand to do that."

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