Coach Flower hopes to lead England to Ashes triumph

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Trinidad, Mar.12 (ANI): Coach Andy Flower wants to lead England to an Ashes triumph this year, even as the side battles to remove the tag of rank outsiders in which they have rapidly descended into.ngland has failed to win any of its twelve matches this winter, while the Aussies are on an amazing upward turn having won their last three Tests against South Africa, reports The Sun.lower knows England have little chance of regaining cricket's most fabled prize this summer unless their performances improve dramatically. ut it has not stopped the former Zimbabwe captain wanting to take on the role of head coach - officially England cricket director - vacated when Peter Moores was sacked.

Flower's application was dispatched to the ECB last Thursday. ast night, he said: "Andrew Strauss is leading this team and he's a good leader. On the coaching front, I've really enjoyed the responsibility and the different role.

"My application for the job is in. I think the ECB wanted an appointment by the end of March but might extend that until the first week of April. I don't know if losing the Test series here is a blow to me getting the job. Possibly - but I'm not the man making those decisions."

Current selector Ashley Giles has applied and former South African coach Graham Ford is also interested.

Losing this series in his role as assistant coach does not look good on Flower's CV but the original squad was picked when Moores was still head coach and Kevin Pietersen captain.

England has now dropped to sixth in the Test rankings. They were expected to win the series comfortably but ended up losing 1-0.

By contrast, Australia has overcome successive series losses to India and South Africa with two stunning Test victories in the return contest with the Proteas.

The Aussies have brought in new players who have made an instant impact - such as opener Phil Hughes who scored a century in each innings in Durban this week, all-rounders Marcus North and Andrew McDonald plus quickies Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus. And left-armer Mitchell Johnson is now the world's No 2-rated Test bowler.

Yet Flower insists he is optimistic about England's chances.

He said: "I can see signs of progress. We played really good cricket in this series after being bowled out for 51 in First Test. We've posted big totals and I'm pleased with how our bowlers performed. I know we didn't bowl out West Indies twice in the same match - we were very close twice - but Jimmy Anderson got better and better and it was great to see Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar operating in tandem."

"The lesson we learned is we must start series well. One of Steve Waugh's maxims was to hit the ground running and land the first punch. But we haven't won a first Test in an overseas series for a long time. Straussy and I will talk about it and do things differently next time. I wish I'd had a say in the selection of this squad. We all have different opinions on how to play and who we think are international cricketers. So there is still some sorting out to be done in terms of selection," he said. (ANI)

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