The Zimbabwean had the distinction of being rated the number one batsman in the PwC ratings in 2001 after impressing in the Test series against India, when he made 540 runs for twice out.
He announced his retirement from international cricket after the 2003 World Cup during which he joined Henry Olonga in protesting against the political regime in his home country.
An impressive player of pace and spin bowling throughout his career, Flower also kept wicket and captained his national side during two spells, including Zimbabwe’s first Test series in England in 2000.
Since international retirement he has continued to represent Essex as well as enjoying a season in South Australia in 2003/4.
He was joined by brother Grant at Essex for the 2005 campaign and they became the first brothers to score first class centuries for the county in the same innings.
Andy reached his hundred on day two of the County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford in July, following Grant's 115 on the first day.
AE and TM Russell and AJ and WMF Turner were the other brothers to have scored first class centuries for Essex, but neither pair reached three figures in the same match.
Andy outshone his brother and the rest of his team-mates in the County Championship, averaging 65.21.
He continued his impressive form in 2006 and accumulated 1424 championship runs including six centuries.
In 2007 he struggled with a degenerative hip condition and retired in May to take up the position of England's assistant coach.