Andy Flower thinks appointment of Ashley Giles will make England stronger

Last Updated: 28/11/12 6:44pm

Team director Andy Flower believes the restructuring of England's coaching set-up will ultimately make them a stronger force.

Flower will retain overall responsibility for England's cricket results but the day-to-day coaching of the one-day international and Twenty20 sides will now be done by Ashley Giles.

With an exhausting international schedule currently taking up so much of Flower's time, designating some of his workload to Giles should allow him to focus his work more effectively.

"Our international schedule is heavy and we've discussed at length the rotation of players that are involved in all three forms of the game," Flower told Sky Sports News.

"Here we are talking about a more efficient use of our resources for the head of the coaching staff and head of the squad in general.

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"We believe that it will work, we believe we can make it work and that it will actually make us a stronger organisation."

Flower is also happy that the change should allow him to spend more time with his family after an intense three-and-a-half years at the helm since taking charge of England.

"We believe that it will work, we believe we can make it work and that it will actually make us a stronger organisation."

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He added: "I think the work-life balance for some of our younger coaches with young families is very important. This will allow both Ashley and I a work-life balance that hopefully is more healthy."

With back-to-back Ashes series against Australia on the horizon, Flower's efforts are set to be mainly focused on the longer form of the game.

"It will allow me, certainly while the one-day and Twenty20 series are going on, to think and plan and prepare and strategise for the upcoming Test series and the other way round while we're playing Tests," Flower said.

"I think the ECB is lucky in that we have resources that can sustain this type of structure and we are looking forward to working together and making this thing work."

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