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Cook: No Flower influence

England captain Alastair Cook insists Andy Flower will have no influence in the rebuilding of the national team despite his continued involvement within the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Flower resigned from his role as England team director following the disastrous winter tour of Australia, yet remains at the ECB as technical director of elite coaching.

This week, Peter Moores was named as Flower's successor, returning to the role he left in 2009 after a successful spell as Lancashire head coach.

And Cook says the job of rebuilding the national side is down to himself and Moores.

"Look, I think it's going to be our team," said Cook. "Certainly we have to work very closely together, and I think you see when two (people) work together very well and they build something over a period of time how successful something can be if they're on the same page.

"Obviously me and Mooresy have got to chat about it but I have been consulted throughout the interview process. I'm sure we pretty much sing off the same hymn sheet, otherwise I don't think he would have been appointed.

"Me and (Flower) get on really well and we have been in contact over the last couple of months, working on things with my captaincy, and I think having him as an advisor on that is something he wants to do and I want to do.

"But me and Mooresy have to be totally clear on what we want to do: me and him will steer the ship. Andy won't be making decisions behind our backs."

Example

Cook suggested that the new regime could well take inspiration from the way Stuart Lancaster has rebuilt the England rugby team following the failed regime of his predecessor Martin Johnson.

"The England rugby team has evolved particularly well and it would be wrong not to look at the way they've done that," said Cook.

"That kind of stuff, the Englishness, the legacy you want to leave behind of the culture we want to create.

"I know they're wishy washy words but it would be wrong for me to say everything before I've sat down with Peter and the players which is the most important thing."

England's tormentors over the winter, Australia, underwent a recent rebuilding job of their own under Darren Lehmann, which turned them from a side comprehensively beaten in England last summer to a team capable of inflicting a Test whitewash on Cook's men a few months later.

However, Cook believes it would be foolish simply to ape their rivals.

"You've got to give them credit for the way they suddenly changed their brand of cricket. But they did it to their strengths. There's no point us playing the way Australia played because you need those kind of players to do it," he added.

"Obviously Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke had to be given a lot of credit for recognising the strengths of their side and playing to their strengths, and we're going to have to look at our side and play to their strengths.

"Mooresy has said it's about people feeling comfortable enough to express themselves the way they want. I'm not going to bat like David Warner no matter how many people want me to, that's not going to work. But at the end of the day it's about how many runs you get."