Ashes: Andy Flower confirms he will stay on as England's team director

Last Updated: 06/01/14 12:39pm

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Andy Flower has reiterated that he will not quit as England's team director after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

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Andy Flower has reiterated that he will not quit as England's team director after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash.

Australia completed a humiliating series win over the tourists with an easy 281-run victory in Sydney and Flower admitted it was the 'end of an era' for England.

But he intends to oversee England's rebuilding process, despite calls for him to walk away amidst stringing criticism for Alastair Cook's beaten side.

"I think it's important that we review this logically and learn from some of the mistakes we've made and ensure that we get English cricket moving in the right direction again."
Andy Flower

When asked if he would retain his role, Flower replied: "Yes."

Pushed further for a reply, he added: "You asked for a clear answer, I think yes is a pretty clear answer."

Flower dismissed suggestions that he demanded more authority in the England set-up and admitted the humbling series defeat was hard to take.

"Look in sport you win and lose and you have to expect both those things," he said.

Pride

"We've had a lot of good times. This was not a good time for any of us involved with the England cricket team. I like to feel pride about the way we go about things. I don't feel pride in the way that we played this Test series."

Asked why he won't resign, Flower said: "I'm proud of my involvement with England cricket and I'm very proud of the results over the how many years we've all been working together.

"I think it's important that we review this logically and learn from some of the mistakes we've made and ensure that we get English cricket moving in the right direction again."

England will play only a handful of Test series before they face Australia again in June 2015, leaving them little time to assemble a side capable of regaining the Ashes.

But Flower remains hopeful that England can reclaim the urn on their own soil.

"Well there aren't many Tests in between now and the next Ashes in 2015, but there is five months between now and the next Test series that England play," he said.

"There's obviously some one-day and Twenty20 cricket between now and then. We've got a little time to think about what we're going to do with the Test side.

"In the meantime Alastair Cook and Ashley Giles will be busy with their challenges here in Australia.

"There's certainly time. You can see how quickly things have moved between last summer and now. There is time to get things right yes."

You can watch England's one-day series with Australia live on Sky Sports - the first match is this Sunday, Sky Sports 2HD at 6am

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