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Ashes: England coach Andy Flower has melanoma surgery

First Ashes Test, Brisbane:
England 260 v Australia 220-5 (day two, stumps)

Dates: 25-29 November Day three resumes: 2330 GMT Coverage: Listen live to Test Match Special on BBC 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and online (UK only). Watch live on Sky Sports 1, highlights on ITV 4
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Andy Flower
Flower took over as England coach in April 2009

England coach Andy Flower missed the second day of the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane to have a melanoma surgically removed from his right cheek.

However, the 42-year-old is expected to return to the Gabba before the end of the first game in the five-Test series.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said: "At this stage, he is expected to be fine.

"He may be back [on Friday], or most definitely the following day. As far as he's concerned it's business as usual."

The problem only came to light during the past week and after medical consultation it was decided that minor surgery was the best course of action.

"He went off for a routine check, and they said they felt it prudent to take it out," added the spokesman.

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer and there is one main factor that increases the risk of developing it - ultraviolet light, which comes from the sun or sunbeds.

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