ECB boss backs England duo

David Collier has offered his support to beleaguered England team director Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook as the disastrous Ashes tour draws to a close.

England slumped to 155 all out on day two of the fifth and final Test in Sydney to leave them facing a 5-0 series whitewash.

Despite the tourists failing badly in their attempt to win a fourth Ashes series in a row, England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Collier has backed the pair publically.

Speaking ahead of the start of play on day two, he insisted Flower remains the man to take the team forward.

"We need that experience. When you got through a transitional period you need somebody with knowledge, somebody who knows our system, somebody who works with all of our key coaches," he told Sky Sports News.

"Andy has all of those attributes and more. I'm sure he'll do a great job leading us into 2015."

Cook's captaincy has also come under intense scrutiny during the tour in what has been his first series defeat since taking over the role just over a year ago.

He previously led England to a memorable series win in India, as well as the summer's 3-0 Ashes success, and Collier was keen to look at the bigger picture.

"Alastair fully deserves our support," he added.

"People do grow into the job. Captains mature, players mature.

"It will take some time for people to reach their absolute pinnacle. We were convinced he was the right man at the time and we're still convinced today.

"We look forward to both Alastair and Andy leading us to success in the future."