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England flopped under Windies pressure: Flower

cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2009 02:16 IST
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Coach Andy Flower admitted England buckled under West Indies pressure as they slumped to a humiliating defeat in the first Test where they were skittled out for their third lowest total in history.

England were dismissed for just 51 at Sabina Park to lose by an innings and 23 runs on Saturday with a day and a session to spare.

“I think the bottom line is that the players have to take responsibility for not handling the pressure situation very well and not getting through it,” said Flower.

“From this, we can learn that playing international cricket is about dealing with pressure, and batting in the second innings was pressure. What you have to be able to do in international cricket is handle the pressure, and we did not do that on Saturday.”

Flower acknowledged this was not the first time that this has happened to England, nor does he believe it would not be the last time.

“Things like this happen in international sport, and it has happened too often to us,” he said.

“I do not believe for one moment that the players are not learning anything. I think the contrary is the case, and they are learning.

“But it is not like this is happening every innings, so I do not think you can label the players as totally unable to handle pressure,” Flower said.