1 Feb 2014

Flower steps down as England cricket coach

11:36 am on 1 February 2014

Andy Flower has paid the price for England's Ashes thrashing by stepping down as coach, a role he's held since 2009.

Andy Flower.

Andy Flower. Photo: AFP

The former Zimbabwe international was reportedly called into a meeting at Lord's in London on Thursday and told his time is up by Paul Downton, the new managing director of England cricket.

Mr Downton, who officially starts in his own post on Saturday, has been conducting a review of England's disastrous tour to Australia where they relinquished the Ashes in a 5-0 thumping.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement on Friday.

Flower said in an ECB statement that following the Ashes defeat, it was time for England cricket to rebuild and he did not feel he was in a position to undertake that challenge.

The Zimbabwean has coached England since 2009, winning the Ashes three times while also steering England to their first World Twenty20 title in his first year.