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Andy Flower: The highlights and lowlights of his England reign

The Zimbabwean left his position during a humiliating tour of Australia. We look back at his five years at the helm.

Andy Flower: Has experienced plenty of highs and lows since taking charge in 2009

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After Andy Flower stepped down from the role as England team director we take a look at his highs and lows since taking charge in 2009.

Flower's Highs

Winning the Ashes in Australia

Flower's thorough planning and attention to detail were seen as vital factors as England ended a 24-year wait to win the Ashes on Australian soil in 2010/11. That they did it with three innings victories in a 3-1 success made the celebrations even sweeter.

Top-ranked Test nation

England took over from India as the world's top-ranked Test nation for the first time following a 4-0 series whitewash on home soil in 2011. Under Flower, England also ascended to the top of the rankings in the one-day and Twenty20 international formats.

First global trophy

Flower was at the helm as England finally ended one of their most embarrassing records. England had never won a major global tournament until they beat Australia in the 2010 World Twenty20 final by seven wickets in Barbados.

Ashes hat-trick

England win Ashes Series

A 3-0 home series win over Australia in 2013 may have been more hard-fought than the scoreline suggested, but it secured a hat-trick of Ashes series wins - a feat England had not managed since 1956.

Conquering India

Alastair Cook's first Test series as captain in 2012 was one to remember as England recovered from losing the first Test to win the series 2-1. England had not won in India since 1984/85 when they also bounced back to win 2-1.

Flower's Lows

Gifting the Ashes back in 2013

Where it went wrong for England

The lowest point of Flower's tenure without question, as a hapless and surprising dispirited England were thumped in Australia, handing back the Ashes before Christmas. Question marks over Flower's future were raised for the first time as his team were dismantled.

A summer to forget

The summer of 2012 was one Flower will not remember fondly as England lost the number one Test ranking to South Africa following a 2-0 home series defeat. The loss came amid Kevin Pietersen's off-field dramas as he quit the limited-overs formats and complained of unrest in the dressing room before being dropped following a texting controversy. The summer ended with captain Andrew Strauss retiring.

Rumbled in Jamaica

After being handed interim charge of the England team following Peter Moores' messy exit, Flower watched his new side crumble to be all out for 51 against West Indies at Sabina Park in February 2009. Defeat in the match led to a 1-0 series defeat.

World Cup exit

After a busy schedule - including their Ashes triumph in Australia - England suffered a meek quarter-final exit to co-hosts Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup. A tournament of mixed fortunes had seen England tie with India, after the eventual winners made 338, only to also lose to Ireland after Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest World Cup ton.

Whitewash in the desert

England were beaten 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in January 2012 as the tourists succumbed to the mystery spin of Saeed Ajmal. Ajmal and fellow spinner Abdur Rehman combined for 43 wickets in the series.

Exit as coach

Flower stepped down as coach on January 31, 2014, bringing to an end his five-year spell in charge.