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Ashes 2013/14: No decision on future from England team director Andy Flower

England team director Andy Flower has once again refused to confirm whether he'll stay on after this Ashes series.

Andy Flower: England team director non-committal on future

England team director Andy Flower has once again refused to confirm whether he will stay on in the job after the Ashes series has finished.

Bumble discusses how England should approach the 4th Ashes Test in Australia.

The tourists have already lost the series after going 3-0 down following their defeat in the third Test in Perth on Tuesday but there are still two matches to play in Melbourne and Sydney.

The manner of the losses and the performances of the team means Flower's position in charge has come under scrutiny.

Flower, who handed over the reins of the limited-overs team to Ashley Giles in 2012, said: "I have got that judgement to make and the England and Wales Cricket Board will have that judgement to make as well and that's the way it is. But what we will be doing is focusing on Melbourne and Sydney.

"There are still two very important Test matches to be played and we look forward to the challenge of those and they will be very exciting to be part of.

"Obviously my role means that I have to plan ahead for the team side but personally I don't like looking too far ahead and quite frankly there are two Test matches left to play in this series and I want all my focus to be on those Test matches. I think that's the right thing to do for the England cricket team."


Bob Willis tells us the England team he would pick for the 4th Ashes Test against Austalia.

Flower will meet with captain Alastair Cook and the selectors ahead of the Melbourne Test before deciding whether to make changes to the side.

There have been calls for the likes of Graeme Swann, Matt Prior and Kevin Pietersen to be left out for the fourth Test which starts on Boxing Day.

Flower added: "I will be chatting to the selectors, I will be talking to Alastair Cook of course and I will be chatting to our coaches about our strategy going into the Melbourne Test.

"We need to decide whether we're merely focusing on these two games or looking further into the future and exposing other players. But we haven't had those meetings yet, we haven't had those discussions."

Prior's position appears to be under the biggest threat, with Jonny Bairstow, who has averaged 30.2 from 12 Tests, in contention to start the final two Tests.


"It's a possibility of course," Flower told reporters in Perth. "Matt Prior has been an outstanding cricketer for England during a second phase of his English career.

"But like all those positions we have to review them. We constantly review what our best side will be and we also have to have an eye to the future as well.

"So we'll meet over the next couple of days and start getting some clarity on those decisions."

Flower has denied, though, that the series loss will end the careers of the likes of Prior, Swann, Pietersen and Anderson.

"We are going through a tough period as a side now and a number of those individuals you've mentioned are going through tough periods in their careers," he said.

"It doesn't mean their careers are over. But it does mean they need to call on that experience to help them get out of a tough time quicker than other people."