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Flower to stay on as team director

Andy Flower will stay on as the England cricket team director after he extended his contract, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: May 03, 2011 22:41 IST

Andy Flower will stay on as the England cricket team director after he extended his contract, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Tuesday.

"ECB announced that Andy Flower has renewed his contract and will continue in his current role as England team director," an ECB statement read.

"Flower will remain on a permanent contract and is currently preparing for an international summer that sees England face Sri Lanka, India and Ireland."

The 43-year-old former Zimbabwe captain, who took over from Peter Moores in January 2009, has guided England to two Ashes series victories and World Twenty20 title in 2010.

The managing director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris said that he was confident the team will continue to progress under Flower.

Yardy returns
More than a month after quitting the the England team midway through the World Cup due to depression, all-rounder Michael Yardy returned to competitive cricket for his county side Sussex.

"I now intend to spend some time concentrating on my cricket and would ask that people respect my decision to focus on my performances for Sussex and continue to give me the space I need," he said.

Windies beat Pak
Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez made a century but West Indies restored some of their battered pride with a rain-affected win in the fourth ODI in Barbados on Monday.

Dwayne Bravo struck a six in the final over before a downpour finished off the game, giving Darren Sammy's team victory by one run through the Duckworth-Lewis scoring method.

Pakistan lead the five-match series 3-1. It is the first time West Indies have beaten a test side, other than Bangladesh, in an ODI since June 2009.

Younus in Test squad
Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan and fast bowler Umar Gul have returned to the Pakistan squad for the Test series against the West Indies, starting next week.