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Andy Flower urges perspective after World Twenty20 win

Andy Flower
Flower succeeded Peter Moores just over a year ago

England coach Andy Flower insists his team "have a long way to go" despite becoming ICC World Twenty20 champions.

England beat Australia by seven wickets in Sunday's final, but Flower is keen the significance of a first global one-day triumph be put in perspective.

"This is one form of the game. If we talk about the England team we talk about all three forms," he said.

"We have got huge scope for improvement in various areas. We will be working hard to get better and better."

England ended a 35-year history of failure in the limited overs international arena with a superb display of bowling, fielding - limiting the Australians to 146-6 - and fearless batting as a 111-run stand from Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen sent Flower's men on their way to victory with three overs to spare.

A combination of daring selection choices - the likes of Michael Lumb, Michael Yardy and Kieswetter - a more aggressive defence, a clinical, adaptable attack who all chipped in with big wickets, and increased athleticism in the field all contributed to England's six wins in the tournament in the Caribbean.

And while Flower is reluctant to predict more glory for England in 2011's Cricket World Cup on the sub-continent, he also admits that the lessons learned in the West Indies will stand them in good stead in the 50-over game.

"This is only one tournament we have dominated," added Flower, who has led England an Ashes victory and a Test series draw in South Africa since formally taking over from Peter Moores in April in 2009.

"I think one of the greatest things we will get out of this is growth in our self-belief. The players should believe in themselves - because they have played some outstanding cricket."

Spinner Graeme Swann pinpointed Flower's influence, Yardy's selection and England's strength in depth as key to their World Twenty20 success.

"We've simplified things," Swann told BBC Radio 5 live. "They've picked people who like hitting massive sixes and said 'go and hit massive sixes'. We have the people with the skill to do it and they've been given the licence to do that.

"It's important to have a couple of spinners in the middle of the innings. Michael Yardy has come in and been exceptional and he's one of the main reasons why we have done so well.

"Jimmy Anderson is one of the best bowlers in the world, but he isn't in the team. That speaks volumes for how well the team is playing and how good a squad that we have in that the four guys on the sidelines are all world-class."

Skipper Paul Collingwood does not want to return to the 50-over captaincy, meaning Andrew Strauss will lead England in the World Cup, which starts in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on 19 February 2011.


Flower believes the handover will be "seamless", while he also acknowledged the huge part Durham all-rounder Collingwood played in making England world champions.

"He has got a lot more confident about what he is doing," said Flower. "He feels more comfortable. He has led from the front - I don't mean his batting but in his attitude.

"He has always been a bit of a driver of the environment, because he is a nuggety Englishman who will have a go at whatever is thrown at him."

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Classy England cruise into final
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