Vaughan 'fears for Flower'
Former England skipper voices schedule concerns
Last Updated: 14/04/11 4:45pm
Flower: Has hectic schedule with England
Former captain Michael Vaughan thinks that current coach Andy Flower could get worn out by England's hectic touring schedule.
Flower has already voiced qualms over a schedule that has seen his side spend three-and-a-half months in Australia before travelling to Asia for a lengthy World Cup campaign.
The former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper has, alongside skipper Andrew Strauss, been given much of the credit for turning around England's fortunes in the last two years.
But Vaughan says that Flower could begin to suffer from the amount of time he is forced to spend away from home.
"I do fear for Andy Flower, having to do everything," he told the Wisden Cricketer.
He added: "It's important to keep him fresh as well, because he's done such a good job.
"He (Kevin Pietersen) has to convince England supporters that he's desperate to play for England. The only way he'll do that is by scoring runs. He won't do it by talking. He won't do it by celebrating over the top with the team when they get a wicket. He'll do it by scoring hundreds for England, like Jonathan Trott is now."
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"The last thing you'd want is to risk him passing on the reins, because the job involves so much time away.
"You look at the guys with young families, and they're the ones who're going to be affected. I couldn't do the touring that they do now."
Vaughan also stated that his 2005 Ashes winning team-mate Kevin Pietersen must prove that his heart is with England by regaining his old form with the bat.
"He's an amazing talent, but it's clear that somewhere in the last year something hasn't been right mentally with him - and he's got some kind of distraction," Vaughan added.
"He has to convince England supporters that he's desperate to play for England. The only way he'll do that is by scoring runs.
"He won't do it by talking. He won't do it by celebrating over the top with the team when they get a wicket. He'll do it by scoring hundreds for England, like Jonathan Trott is now.
"He has to do that and he has to do it on a consistent basis in all conditions."