A batsman who also bowls useful left-arm spin, Flower made his Test and ODI debuts for Zimbabwe against India in 1992 and appeared in 67 Tests and 219 one-day internationals, the most recent of which came in 2004.
He joined older brother Andy as a Kolpak player at Essex in 2005 and was hugely influential in helping the county win the National League in his first season.
The Flowers made history in July 2005 when they became the first brothers to score a century in the same innings for Essex, against Lancashire at Old Trafford. It was the fourth time they had achieved the feat in a first-class match.
Though Flower was awarded his county cap by Essex late in the 2005 season, his appearances the following summer were limited.
He did, however, feature in the NatWest Pro40 title-winning campaign, and signed a new two-year contract keeping him at the club until the end of the 2008 season.
He averaged just under 40 in the championship in 2007, which included an innings of 203 against Northamptonshire at Chelmsford, and was second in Essex's batting averages in both the NatWest Pro40 and the Twenty20 Cup.
Flower played a key role in Essex’s double triumph in 2008, hitting a measured unbeaten 70 to sink Kent in the Friends Provident Trophy final, and a significantly more aggressive 68 from 42 balls in the victory over Kent which secured the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title.
His reward was a one-year extension to his contract to encompass the 2009 season, a deal replicated for 2010.