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Flower backs England to bloom in Ashes

cricket Updated: May 20, 2009 14:21 IST
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England coach Andy Flower believes his side have what it takes to win the Ashes and, in Andrew Strauss, the right man to captain them to glory.

The successful partnership between then coach Duncan Fletcher and skipper Michael Vaughan was a key factor in England's 2005 Ashes triumph on home soil.

But since then relations between the England coach and captain have not always been so smooth.

In January, Kevin Pietersen was stripped of the captaincy after a falling out with Peter Moores that cost the now Lancashire coach his position with the England squad.

Opening batsman Strauss was thrust into the captaincy while Flower, previously Moores's assistant, took temporary charge behind the scenes.

Initially uncertain about whether he wanted to become the England team director, Flower eventually applied for the post and was appointed after overseeing a narrow 1-0 Test series loss and equally close 3-2 one-day campaign victory in the West Indies.

His first series in permanent charge saw England whitewash the West Indies, a 10-wicket first Test win at Lord's followed by an innings and 83 run victory wrapped up here at the Riverside on Monday.