Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Cricket | Ashes Tour

Alistair Cook (L) & Andy Flower © Getty Images

Flower not about to quit



England coach Andy Flower on Monday insisted he has no intention of walking out on his Ashes heroes just yet.

Flower's team completed their 3-0 series victory over Australia after a dramatic drawn fifth test at The Oval on Sunday, but the Zimbabwean had little time to celebrate before being quizzed about his future.

Less than 24 hours later, Flower responded to reports at the weekend that he may quit his current role after the return Ashes series in Australia later this year.

Reports suggested Ashley Giles, England's one-day international and Twenty20 coach, was being lined up as his replacement.

Flower handed over the reins of the limited-overs teams to Giles at the start of the year, a move designed to give him more time at home and less on the exhausting international treadmill.

The 45-year-old, who was appointed as England's team director in 2009 after a spell on the backroom staff, stopped short of pledging himself to the role long-term, but also gave no obvious hint that an exit is imminent.

Asked if there was anything to reveal about his position, Flower said: "No, there is not. I don't like to look too far ahead with regards to my own personal situation.

"We have an away Ashes coming up and I'm reflecting on a job well done in this series by the players, who should feel very satisfied and very proud.

"There's always another exciting challenge around the corner and in this instance it is the Ashes away."

Amid all the talk of Flower's future, it was almost possible to overlook the contentious end to the Ashes at The Oval.

England needed just 21 runs in 24 balls when the umpires ordered the teams off for bad light, following established protocol but ruining what would have been a superb finale to the series.

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke said on Sunday he would be lobbying for a rule change regarding light, effectively putting the decision back in the hands of the batting side, and Flower feels just as strongly on the subject.

"Where I think the ICC (International Cricket Council) could improve the regulations - and we have spoken with their officials about this for years - is the description that they use when judging bad light," Flower said.

"They say they consider if it is dangerous or not. It is often not dangerous, it's a poor description of that particular regulation.

"It my opinion it is whether the battle between bat and ball is reasonable and fair.

"If there are spinners bowling under the regulations at the moment it is almost possible to play until it is dark because it is obviously not dangerous.

"They do need to change the regulations. Cricket will be better for it."

England's indignation over a decision that denied them the chance to press for their first ever 4-0 Ashes win on home soil was shared in Parliament.

Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, who was among the disappointed fans at the ground, slammed the decision to deny the game a natural conclusion.

"I was at the Oval yesterday and the scenes at the end were farcical. With only four overs remaining in the flagship cricket series in front of a packed house, common sense should have prevailed," he said.

"I support the ECB's move in making strong representation to the ICC to get the rules changed."

Shop

The Proteas
20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches by Neil Manthorp
R171.38
Jacques Kallis
South Africa has produced more great all-rounders than any other country
R176.00
Bouch
Through my eyes
R180.40
Gunn & Moore Epic 808 DXM Cricket Bat
The Gunn and Moore Epic DXM 808 Harrow bat has been carefully developed so that you can get the most from your game
R1919.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Pltv: News - 2 September
Tue, 02 Sep @ 05:00

Sports Talk



Kepler Wessels
World rankings versus the World Cup
Australia was clearly rocked by their loss to Zimbabwe. The manner of the defeat humbled them in no...

Haze's Comment
Dhoni dictates dynamically
Two weeks ago the English summer was quite rightly being hailed as a magnificent home success....

Neil in Zimbabwe
Week 4
AB de Villiers seemed suitably non-plussed by the events of the last few days. Australia’s loss to...

Faf du Plessis
A career highlight and backing Rilee
It’s been a good week thanks to two very contrasting victories over Australia and Zimbabwe...

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Does it matter how the Proteas win?
The superiority of the Australians over Zimbabwe was clearly displayed in the first match of the...

Neil in Sri Lanka
Week 4
It is patently absurd to suggest that this Test ‘save’, in Colombo, was better than Adelaide 2012...