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Flower takes on new ECB role

Andy Flower's future role with England has been revealed after he was named the ECB's technical director of elite coaching.

Flower left his post as team director following this winter's dreadful tour of Australia, where England surrendered the Ashes in a 5-0 series defeat and proceeded to lose seven of the eight limited-overs contests which followed.

It was immediately indicated that the 45-year-old Zimbabwean would still be a part of England's future plans and details of his role have now been provided.

A statement from the ECB read: "Based at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough, Flower will have a wide-ranging role which will incorporate working with the next generation of England players and coaches as well as being charged with creating a leadership programme for young England players."

Flower's achievements prior to his miserable Ashes farewell were impressive as England won three previous series against Australia under his tutelage, including the 2010-11 series Down Under.

They also claimed the World Twenty20 title in 2010 and reached number one in the world rankings in all three formats. Flower received an OBE in the Queen's 2011 Birthday Honours list.

Paul Downton, the ECB's new managing director for England cricket, said: "The ECB is delighted that we are able to retain a man of Andy Flower's experience and quality.

"His record over the last five years speaks for itself and the ECB and Andy are excited about the future."

On the specifics of Flower's new role, Downton continued: "Not only will Andy work with both players and coaches but he will also look to enhance the relationship between the county coaches and the England set-up. He will also work with level three and four coaches in the ECB coaching structures.

"Andy will also build on the highly successful ECB coach and talent development programmes which have seen players such as Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, to name a few, graduate to England senior teams as well as a number of senior coaches from the first-class game become involved with coaching the England Lions.

"The role will also involve researching the world's best practice in coaching and performance, drive and implement innovation in coaching practice and technology, with and through the Fellowship of Elite Coaches and the National Cricket Performance Centre, as well as recommending developments within ECB coach education and CPD (continuous professional development) programmes."

Flower said: "I see this as a great opportunity for me as I start a new phase of my career. I am particularly excited about the chance to build and mould a leadership course which is not simply about captaincy but much more.

"This role offers me a chance to make a real contribution to the ability and character of England players and coaches in the years to come."