On this day in 2009: Andy Flower confirmed as England’s new team director

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Andy Flower was confirmed as England’s new team director on this day in 2009.

The South Africa-born Zimbabwe international had been working as a coach with England for two years after retiring from his playing career.

A global recruitment search ended right back on the doorstep at Lord’s with Flower appointed as Peter Moores’ permanent successor after acting as interim head coach on England’s 11-week tour of the West Indies.

Andy Flower and Alastair Cook
Andy Flower (left) – pictured with Alastair Cook – led England to the top spot in Test cricket rankings in 2011 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Potential high-profile targets such as Tom Moody and Mickey Arthur ruled themselves out of the reckoning while Kent’s Graham Ford withdrew his application.

Flower would stay for a largely-successful five-year stint, with England beating Australia 2-1 in the 2009 Ashes just months after his appointment.

He also led England to the World T20 title in 2010, the top spot in Test cricket rankings in 2011 – following a 3-1 Ashes win Down Under – and a third Ashes victory two years later.

A 5-0 reverse in the return Ashes series in 2013/14 spelt the end of his reign as team director, but Flower, who was awarded an OBE for his services to sport in 2011, continued to work for the ECB in roles which involved mentoring county coaches and coaching the England Lions team.

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