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Gower: England can flourish

Former captain David Gower believes England will emerge from their nightmare winter a stronger team once the rebuilding process is complete.

Former captain David Gower believes England will emerge from their nightmare winter a stronger team once the rebuilding process is complete.

Andy Flower, Ashley Giles and Graham Gooch have all left the management set-up in the wake of the disastrous tour of Australia, with Peter Moores taking over as head coach in all three formats.

With changes expected on the field this summer too, Gower is confident that a fresh approach will serve England well in their bid to return to the top of the ICC rankings.

"Enforced change is one thing, judged change is another," said Gower, an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, who was speaking at the Rileys signing day for the Men United campaign.

"The blend of the two leaves you in a position where you have the experience to come back from a 5-0 drubbing, you have to do everything you can to put that behind you, and to use the interim period to reboot a bit, to pull yourself together.

"When you start again, the psychology is so right. There is a fresh start with new opposition, you look at yourself in the mirror as an individual and a team, and you can say 'actually we are not as bad players as people say we are'.

"Then, come May, you are off and running again to get back to the job. There are a lot of reasons to smile a bit and say 'things can turn around'. The worst thing would be to say 'we have not got a chance'.

"Everyone will be driving towards starting on the right note, towards banishing any memories of the winter and look forwards.

"Between the partnership of Peter Moores and Alastair Cook, there is a chance to bring in some new faces and set a slightly different course."

'New broom'

Gooch - England's record run scorer in Tests - was removed as batting coach on Thursday and Gower has sympathy for his former international team-mate.

"No-one likes a sacking, whatever word is used to describe it," said Gower, 57. "But it is part of the new broom, part of moving things forwards and onwards.

"That is the vulnerability of players, coaches and anyone involved in sport. All you can do is your best.

"Graham is a passionate believer in all things which people good players, which includes talent, hard work and lots of other things in between.

"He would have poured his heart into that role, but you get to a situation like this and sometimes things have to change."