Flower up for the fight despite Ashes failure

Last updated 13:42 30/12/2013
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UP FOR CHALLENGE: Andy Flower wants to remain at the helm of English cricket despite facing a potential Ashes whitewash.

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England coach Andy Flower says he wants to continue to contribute to English cricket and will meet with his boss later this week to discuss his future.

Flower's side have been thrashed by Australia in the opening four tests of the Ashes series with the final match to be played in Sydney starting on Friday.

After taking over in 2009, former Zimbabwe test batsman Flower has guided England to the top ranking in all forms of the game.

However he admits this Aussie tour has been a very challenging time.

"The guys are fighting. No fighting well enough," Flower told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.

"Our batting over the four tests has generally let us down.

"Certainly I examine my role in the tour. I ask myself tough questions.

"Paul Downton the new managing director has arrived in Australia and I'll be meeting with him in Sydney.

"We'll talk about the leadership of the national team with regards to the coaching position.

"I'm very motivated to contribute to English cricket and that's what I'm going to do."

Flower also backed skipper Alastair Cook, who has failed to leave a mark on Australia with the bat, has been criticised for his bowling changes and dropped two catches on Sunday's fourth day of the Melbourne Test.

"Alastair Cook has captained six test series for England and this is the first series loss that he's had," Flower said.

"We are all responsible for this result, the management staff as well as the players.

"We don't want people to accept losses too easily. But equally sometimes you have to accept the fact you've been outplayed.

"I don't believe we should be totally distraught about where we are.

"Now we're faced with one chance in Sydney to redeem ourselves to a small extent."

Flower said he expected England would make one or perhaps two changes for Sydney.

Jonny Bairstow could be one of those changes after a poor match in Melbourne.

"He's a young man who's played 13 test matches," Flower said.

"He's still learning as a wicketkeeper/batsman and I hope when he gets another chance he'll do oustandingly well.

"I would imagine there will be one or two changes for the Sydney test."

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