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Coach Andy defends his boys' conduct

india Updated: Oct 22, 2011 01:36 IST
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Andy Flower

England coach Andy Flower said the tour of India has definitely been disappointing, but frustration over results has not made it a difficult tour.

Soon after touching down here to play the first of two remaining inconsequential matches at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, the Zimbabwean said on Friday: “I don’t think frustration has made it a difficult tour to be honest. This is a fascinating place. We are learning all sorts of exciting things about India and ourselves, our strengths, our weaknesses. It’s a great place to play cricket and a great country to experience.”

Answering to India skipper MS Dhoni’s remarks that England players are abusive to each other on the field when under pressure, Flower said: “I am very proud of my record and how we conduct ourselves in international cricket. We generally set high standards. As a principle we try to focus on doing our jobs well. We refrain from making moral judgments about opposition.”

Defending his players criticising each other on the field the coach said: “I think one of strengths we had and one of reasons we had lot of success in couple of years, is that players challenge each other. There is openness and honesty when we review situation. It’s been part of our strength. However, I would also say that there is a balance to be found and our side, like any side, is not perfect. We were all trying to improve each other. Sometimes we get that balance right, sometimes we get it slightly wrong. I think people should not get too carried away with their criticism in that regard.”

Flower also stated that the behaviour of both teams in the second game could have been better.