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Andy Flower's departure is the end of an era

Andy Flower left his role as head coach (©GettyImages)
Andy Flower left his role as head coach (©GettyImages).

Andy Flower has left his role as the head coach of ECB since being in charge of the squad since 2009.

The recent Ashes tour has been a well document disaster, losing 5-0 to the Australians caused speculation about the security of his job, but it now appears that Flower has stepped down from his role, but is set to remain working with the ECB in other capacities.

His departure signals the end of one of the most successful periods in English cricket history, with the side winning three successive Ashes series, and a series win in India.

He brought much needed stability to the side, and alongside Andrew Strauss, he guided the team to number one spot in the test rankings.

Despite a monumental innings defeat in his first test as coach - England were bowled out for 51 in Bridgetown against Jamaica - the side quickly recovered and regrouped to show a mental toughness that had been lacking for years.

Flowers greatest achievements have to be the successive Ashes victories. Although Australlia were no longer the powerhouse they used to be, it still takes meticulous planning and preparation to beat them over and over, something that Flower thrived on.

In particular the Ashes tour of Australia in 2010/11 was a standout. Leading a team to victory there for the first time in 24 years, it was the manner of their performances, in which constant pressure was applied with both bat and ball.

This never let up, and Flower and Strauss saw England rise to number one in the ICC Test Rankings, the first time they had ever formally hit such heights.

A 4-0 demolishing of India saw England playing their best cricket, in which England took the mantle over from India, of the worlds best team.

The wheels begun to fall off when Strauss took over and the team got older, but still a series win in India - the first time we had done it for two decades - showed that Flower still had what it takes as the Head coach.

His handling of Kevin Pietersen; both at the start of his reign when KP had been stripped of the captaincy, and towards the end of it after the texting scandal, showed his nous in man management. And the ability to get the most out of his men.

Andy Flowers departure does mark the end of an era. An era in which England took on the world and dominated it in the test arena. 

It will now be up to Cook and Flowers successor, to rebuild after the crushing 5-0 defeat in Australia, and to take English cricket onto bigger and better heights.

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