“Hopefully he doesn’t give the Aussies any more secrets,” Stuart Broad joked
After moving to Australia, Flower hopes to keep England’s secrets to herself
Stuart Broad talks about Australia’s appointment of ex-England coach Andy Flower.
Australia are hoping to become the first side to win an away Ashes series this summer since England in 2010-11 and have stepped up their efforts to do so by adding Andy Flower, the mastermind behind that success, to their backroom staff.
Flower, a three-time Ashes-winning coach with England, has joined the Australian team on a consultancy basis ahead of this week’s World Test Championship final at The Oval.
He is not expected to be involved in the build-up to the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on June 16, but ESPNcriinfo understands he will return to the set-up in the latter stages of the Ashes – most likely before the third Test. Headingley starts from 6th July.
“It’s great to see Andy sharing his experiences of Test match cricket and playing in England,” England seamer Stuart Broad told ESPNcriinfo. “He was England’s best coach for many years and he was someone who taught me a huge amount about the game during my years as head coach.
“I was very lucky to win the Ashes series under him and be the best team in the world under him…I owe a lot of what I have as a cricketer to Andy Flower. Hope he doesn’t give away too many secrets. To the Aussies…”
Australia captain Pat Cummins said Australia were lucky to have someone as experienced as Andy in their camp during a busy two-month period in the UK, where they will play six Tests in eight weeks.
“(He brings) experience here,” Cummins said, “and knows these conditions very well. Hopefully he knows the opposition, so if he can give us a little bit of an insight into playing in England,” he didn’t think it would be worth it.
“I think Andrew (McDonald) has worked with him quite a bit and you’ve seen us bring in different people at different times over the years. We’re very lucky to have someone as experienced as Andy.”
Flower coached England from 2009-14, which included four Ashes series. He won his first three matches in 2009, 2010-11 and 2013.
He spent the next five years on the paths of ECB, overseeing the England Lions set-up, after which he embarked on a successful career as a head coach in various franchise leagues around the world.
That includes Hundred, who Flower coached the Trent Rockets to the title last summer. Interestingly, as Noor’s teams are run by centralized rather than private investors, Flowers’ Rockets deal means he is still on the ECB’s payroll.
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98