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Ecstatic Flower plays down comparison

india Updated: Aug 16, 2011 00:18 IST

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England coach Andy Flower basks in glory after guiding the team to No. 1 in Test rankings with one of the most emphatic series triumphs in cricket history.

He took charge in April 2009 and marshalled the team following the late 2008 spat that led to Kevin Pietersen's resignation as skipper and Peter Moores's removal as coach.

Flower's take on England's present and future:

Leader
What is right about this side at the moment is it's got an outstanding leader in Strauss - he really is a special man.

Motivator
The players, after being asked to embrace responsibility, have delivered. Strauss asked that of them when he took over the captaincy a couple of years ago, and they are repaying him.

Consolidation
Now that we have achieved that (top spot), what Strauss and I don't want to do is (just) hang on to the number one status. We have always had a goal of constant improvement, and that doesn't change just because your ranking points change.

Subcontinent
This winter, we go to play against two countries that, the last time England toured, we lost. We want to go away and play Pakistan and Sri Lanka away from home and win.

Championship
We've also got the World Test Championship for the first time in 2013, and that's in our own country. That is certainly something we are striving for.

Comparison
I don't think we can compare ourselves to those sides (West Indies, Australia). They dominated world cricket for lengthy periods. We have been playing well for a little while now, but only for a short time in cricketing history terms. It is up to us to deliver excellence and be hungry enough to keep driving ourselves hard enough.

Longevity
It is one thing being good for a short period of time - but having a side that delivers some special results and has some special times together that they will remember for the rest of their lives, that will be a much better thing to look back on than a few victories here and there.