Ex-England head coach Andy Flower in the running for new ECB role

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Andy Flower is in the running for England national selector job along with former Test batsman Ed Smith.

According to the Daily Mail, Flower, 41, spent five years as England coach between 2009-2014 where he led the nation to three consecutive Ashes series as well as finding World Twenty20 success in 2010.

From March 2014 Flower continued his involvement with the England and Wales Cricket Board as its 'Technical Director of Elite Coaching’ and later the same year saw him move into a head coaching role with the England Lions team.

Smith, 40, is a former Kent batsman who won three Test caps in 2003 but has since worked with the media commentating and writing upon his retirement in 2008 after injury.

England team director Andrew Strauss has revealed his targeted selector is someone ‘who is not necessarily everyone’s cup of tea’ with an official announcement set to be released next week, with the mystery candidate replacing James Whitaker, who departed last month.

Flower was, of course, at the helm during the very public fallout with Kevin Pietersen, where several dressing room rifts emerged - so it is unlikely his return to a senior position will be well-liked by everyone.

Strauss captained England for much of Flower’s half-a-decade reign and the former opening batsman said the new selector will be someone with experience in the international game.

He said: “Clearly, we are looking for a person who is an excellent judge of talent and character and has experience in both talent identification and the international game.

England's cricket coach Andy Flower (L)

“The game now requires our teams to play more often, at a higher intensity, in a range of conditions and across different formats.

“A formalised scouting network will help us to be more aware of players’ strengths and, as they will be seen more often by more people, they will have a greater opportunity to impress.”

Should Flowers get the role, he will also choose a new independent selector to work alongside himself and current England coach Trevor Bayliss in a three-man panel.

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