Flower: England will flourish with Giles
Andy Flower is convinced that his partnership with Ashley Giles will improve England’s fortunes in all three forms of the game.
Former England and Warwickshire off-spinner Giles was today named England ODI and T20 head coach, working alongside Flower who will remain England team director.
For several years England have rested and rotated players, such as today’s limited-overs squad announcement including Stuart Broad to replace James Anderson after the first three one-day internationals with India in January.
“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. 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,” Flower, who became Team Director on a permanent basis in April 2009, told Sky Sports News.
“We believe that it will work, we believe that we can make it work and it will actually make us a stronger organisation.”
Speaking in general terms, rather than about the India tour, Flower explained how he expects the two roles to compliment one another.
“While the one-day and Twenty20 series are going on it will allow me to link, plan and prepare and strategise for the upcoming Test series, and the other way round while we’re playing Tests,” he said.
“Ashley will have the time to do those things and 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.”
He added: “I think the English Cricket Board are being innovative and brave in taking this decision. If we had unlimited resources you could specialise even further - both financial and human resources. This is certainly the first step in that.”
Flower is looking forward to spending more time with his family and understands the significance of the wider England coaching staff being able to do the same.
“I think the work-life balance for some of our younger coaches with young families is very important,” he said.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my wife Rebecca for the support that she’s given me over the years, certainly when I was playing and now when I’m coaching.
“Knowing that my family is being taken care of and knowing that I have her support over the years has been very important to me. This will allow both Ashley and I a work-life balance that hopefully is more healthy.”
Flower has no doubt the outgoing Warwickshire director of cricket, who oversaw LV= County Championship Division One glory this year, will improve the players he works with.
“Ashley is a real student of the game - and I think, through his personality, he can influence the players in a positive way,” he added.
Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Ashley and he leaves with our full support. He has been an important figure for both Warwickshire and England over several years and is well-equipped to deal with the challenges of coaching at international level.
"We are, of course, sad to see him leave so soon after helping us secure the LV= County Championship, but he leaves behind a strong team ethos and the players are already working hard to prepare for next season. We will be maintaining our core playing philosophy and policies, and the search for Ashley's successor will begin immediately."