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Flower won’t commit beyond The Ashes

Andy Flower and Alastair Cook
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England cricket coach Andy Flower has declined to commit himself to the role beyond the next two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

After England lost the Ashes in Perth on Tuesday for the first time since the 2006-07 series, Flower’s future as coach remains uncertain.

Australia won back the Ashes after winning the first three Tests of the five-match series.

Captain Alastair Cook has backed Flower to continue in the role but the team is not looking beyond the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“I do want him to carry on,” Cook said after the defeat in the third Test in Perth.

“He’s an outstanding coach. I know from my side and the dressing room’s side, it’s not down to him why we’ve lost this.

“It’s down to the fact we haven’t had enough players in form.”

Turning his attention to the Melbourne Test, Flower said his side still has much to play for over the remaining two matches.

“We do have to very quickly look forward to the Melbourne Test,” Flower said.

“The result is done but the series is not over, and there’s still many things to play for.”

Flower says his team was outplayed in every area of the first three Ashes Tests against Australia.

He said very little has gone right for England since the first day of the opening match in Brisbane.

“It would be too simplistic just to say people are out of form,” Flower said.

“But certainly we have been outplayed in all departments. When we reflect on the way we’ve prepared and the way we’ve taken on the opposition in the series you know I think we can honestly say we have been outplayed in every facet.”