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Andy Flower

Andy Flower will join up with the England squad ahead of the first Test starting next week

The England and Wales Cricket Board have appointed Andy Flower as England assistant coach in succession to Matthew Maynard with immediate effect.

Matthew Maynard and ECB have mutually agreed that this was the right time for Matthew to move on to a new challenge and so enable Peter Moores to select and appoint his own assistant.

England head coach Peter Moores is delighted to have appointed his number one choice as his assistant.

He said: “Andy will bring to the support staff a wealth of international experience as well as a clear understanding of the domestic game in England and Wales.

“He has worked at the National Academy for the past two seasons as a specialist batting coach and has done an excellent job. I am sure all the players will respond to his style and enjoy working with him.

“It was great news for me when it was confirmed that Andy had agreed to accept this appointment and I feel that he will have a significant impact in the future.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Matthew and wish him well in his future coaching commitments.

Peter Moores

Peter Moores is relishing working with Flower again

"Thanks to the co-operation which the board has received from Essex, Andy will be joining up with the team for preparation for the first npower Test at Lord’s next week and I am grateful to ECB and Essex for moving so rapidly and enabling the back room team to be confirmed in time for my first match in charge of the England team."

ECB chief executive David Collier said: “Since joining the management team on a full time basis in early summer 2005 Matthew has done an excellent job working as Duncan’s assistant.

“His reading of and passion for the game combined with his technical knowledge have been major assets to the England team.

“The board is most grateful for Matthew’s important contribution and we wish him well for what we are confident will be a successful coaching future.

“The board was also delighted to support Peter’s selection of Andy Flower as his assistant and we wish to thank Essex for providing ECB with their approval to approach and agree terms with Andy in time for the first npower Test versus West Indies.”

Flower added: “I hold Peter Moores in the highest regard and congratulate him on his recent appointment as the England head coach.

"I believe that his selection as England head coach was an inspired choice and reflected well on his work and that of Rod Marsh prior to Peter in setting up the National Academy.

David Collier

David Collier paid tribute to the outgoing Matthew Maynard

"From my time working with Peter at the National Academy, I know that we shall work very well together and I am excited about entering into this new challenge of coaching an international Team.

"I too would like to express my gratitude to Essex, who provided me with the opportunity to play county cricket and supported me so well in my development as a coach. I wish Graham Gooch, Ronnie Irani and the rest of the Essex team every success in the future.”

Maynard added: "It has been a great privilege and invaluable experience for me to work so closely with Duncan Fletcher, the rest of the management team and all the England players at the outset of my coaching career.

"Duncan is a great coach and I am particularly grateful to him for providing me with the opportunity to work as his assistant.

"We have operated very closely as a team and now that Duncan is moving on it is the right time for me also to move on to new coaching challenges.

"I congratulate Peter Moores and Andy Flower on their appointments and wish the management team and all the England players all the very best for the future."

Flower has retired from cricket in order to take up his new position.