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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 22:03 GMT 23:03 UK
Graveney sad to see Fletcher quit
Duncan Fletcher
Fletcher has done much to improve England's world ranking
Chairman of selectors David Graveney said he was sad that coach Duncan Fletcher had decided to leave his job after England's final World Cup game.

Graveney, who admitted his position was also in doubt, told BBC Five Live: "Under his tenure the players have learned lots technically.

"We have had some success in his period in charge but the initial feeling is one of sadness for Duncan himself.

"Our one-day record is poor but I think there are wider issues to address."

Graveney's role is being evaluated by the Schofield Report into England's Ashes debacle and World Cup exit.

The England and Wales Cricket Board may well make changes when it receives the results before the first Test against West Indies on 17 May.

But Graveney is hoping to stay in the job.

He said: "I know we have had some rough days during the winter but I get a lot of pride and honour from doing the job."

Ricky Ponting feels Fletcher can leave this weekend with plenty of satisfaction despite the team losing the Ashes and then failing to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

I'm a bit surprised he's stood down

Ricky Ponting

The Australian captain said England's rise to second in the Test rankings and the 2005 Ashes series win were great achievements.

"Under his coaching England achieved a lot of good things and he can probably walk away pretty happy," he said.

"They caused a huge upset winning the Ashes in 2005 and have been the second-ranked Test nation for quite a period.

"There have always been rumours coming out of their camp that a lot of players liked the way he operated and the way he worked within their team.

"I guess there had been a bit of speculation over the last few weeks - and probably even after the Ashes series back in Australia - that they may replace their coach.

"But I'm a bit surprised he's stood down and it will be an interesting few weeks now to see who they come up with as their next coach."

Lancashire coach Mike Watkinson, who worked with Fletcher on three England tours, told BBC Radio Lancashire: ""I'm not surprised because of the momentum that has built up through the media.

"But I think Duncan should be remembered for more than the failure in the World Cup because he's done a lot of good things.

"I certainly learnt a lot from him on the three tours that I went on with him.

Watkinson said he was flattered to have been touted as a possible replacement.

"It's certainly a great honour to be linked with that position but we'll have to wait and see how that situation develops."

Former England opener Mark Butcher said: "I've got no complaints at all about the Test team under Duncan Fletcher, it was just the one-day team.

"They never performed under him, culminating in this World Cup, when England were poorly prepared and played appallingly."

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