Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 7th 2014 Contents A46
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Andy Flower has reiterated his
desire to remain as England team
director, but admitted "we ve
made mistakes" during the
Ashes tour of Australia.
Under Flower, the England
team won three successive Ashes
series, their first global limited-
overs tournament---the World
Twenty20 of 2010---and enjoyed
periods at the top of the rankings
in all three formats of the game.
But as a result of the whitewash
defeat in Australia, England have
fallen to fourth in the world Test
rankings. Furthermore, the margin
of defeat in the five games ranks
as the worst England have expe-
rienced in 30 years.
"We re not proud of that result,"
Flower admitted. "It s quite a bit-
ter pill to swallow, but we have
to face up to that reality that we ve
been totally outplayed.
"We ve had a lot of good times.
This was not a good time for any
of us involved with the England
cricket team. I like to feel pride
about the way we go about things.
I don t feel pride in the way we
played in this Test series.
"We have some thinking to do
and some decisions to make. We ve
got to review what s happened on
this tour. Obviously, we ve made
mistakes. I need to meet with the
key decision-makers to decide
what we re going to do."
Those key decision makers
include Paul Downton, the new
managing director of England
cricket who does not formally
take-up his new role until Feb-
ruary 1, and David Collier, the
ECB chief executive, who has
already made it clear that Flower
retains his unequivocal backing.
"Of course, it s good to have
their support," Flower said. "And
we all have a responsibility to
get our heads together and learn
from the mistakes we ve made
and get things moving in the
Pressed on whether team spirit
had suffered during a run of one-
sided contests, Flower made no
attempt to disguise that there had
been issues. "There are always
some personal agendas in most
teams," he said. "No team is per-
fect and our team is no different.
"Team spirit always gets its
closest examination under pres-
sure and we have been put under
a tremendous amount of pressure
by a good side on their home turf.
That is one area we will look at."
While admitting there should
be a review into "playing person-
nel and support staff" following
such a heavy defeat, Flower insist-
ed he would not be resigning.
"Yes, I will be staying in this
job," he said. "I am proud of my
involvement with the England
cricket team and very proud of
the results we ve had over the last
however many years we ve all
been working together.
"I think it s important that we
review this logically and learn
from some of the mistakes we ve
made and ensure we get English
cricket moving in the right direc-
"As part of our review we ll be
looking at playing personnel and
support staff and making sure
we ve got the right people on
board for the future, but this will
be a new start, and so it should
"It does feel like the end of
some type of era and there will
be some sort of new start. We
might have to take a little more
pain before we have sustained
success again and we might have
to ask for a little patience in that
regard over the coming months.
"I think it will be the start of
something new and I think Alas-
tair Cook can lead that renewal
and rebuilding the England cricket
to correct mistakes
For a fifth time Andy
Flower reflects on a
crushing defeat in
DUBAI---Dav Whatmore wants to end his
two-year coaching stint with Pakistan by
winning a Test series against a country which
he coached to win the World Cup 18 years
Pakistan hasn t won a Test series since What-
more joined them in 2012, but the former Aus-
tralia Test batsman said yesterday he wanted
to end his job on a winning note.
"(I want to) win, particularly against Sri
Lanka, the team I coached for six years," What-
more said as he prepared Pakistan for Wednes-
day s second test after drawing the first of a
three-match series in Abu Dhabi. "I am keen
on doing well against them, some of them are
very good friends but when I enter the field
we are enemies, so I am keen to finish the stint
with a win."
Whatmore twice coached Sri Lanka and was
the coach of the side which won the World
Cup in 1996 in Lahore.
Under Whatmore, who was born in Sri
Lanka, Pakistan drew test series against South
Africa and Zimbabwe in 2013, and lost a test
series in Sri Lanka in 2012 before the Proteas
whitewashed Pakistan 3--0 at home last year.
Pakistan was on the verge of taking a 1--0
lead in Abu Dhabi before they squandered a
179-run first innings lead and it looked like
the match could finish inside four days. How-
ever, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews scored
career-best 157 not out in the second innings
and featured in two solid century partnerships
with deputy Dinesh Chandimal (89) and
Prasanna Jayawardene (63 not out) to set up
a daunting 302-run target for Pakistan by
declaring at 480--5.
"We couldn t get the advantage of the two
hundreds that Misbah and Younis scored and
did not have a big lead," Whatmore said of
Pakistan s second innings collapse.
Needing 302 in a minimum of 67 overs, Pak-
istan ended up by settling for the draw and
finished at 158--2 on the last day with Moham-
mad Hafeez scoring an unbeaten 80 and debu-
tant Ahmed Shehzad hitting 55.
"We did a pretty good job and with a little
bit of luck had we not lost Ahmed Shehzad
we may have certainly thought about going
on to win the match," Whatmore said after
Pakistan lost Shehzad soon after tea on the
Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal (0--115) had
to shoulder the burden of bowling long spells
in the second innings but could not break the
concentration of the resilient Mathews, who
batted for seven-and-a-half hours in hitting
only his second Test century.
But the workload of Ajmal, who returned
wicketless in 49 overs in the second innings,
was not something which has worried What-
"I don t think it was a worry, spinners do
like to bowl long spells," Whatmore said. "It
was a combination of the difficulties he faced
extracting something out of the wicket as well
as opposition playing very well." (AP)
wants to leave
DUBAI---Sri Lanka s seasoned
batsman Mahela Jayawardene
doesn t blame a lack of Test
matches for his two quick dis-
missals in the drawn first test
Debutant Bilawal Bhatti dis-
missed Jayawardene for 5 and 0
in Abu Dhabi, and captain Angelo
Mathews played a career-best
stiff target of 302 and force Pak-
istan to settle for a draw.
"Difficult to say that the long
break had a big effect," Jayawar-
dene said yesterday after the
team s training for the second
Test, which starts tomorrow. "I
got two good balls and I couldn t
avoid getting out to them. I m not
thinking too much about what s
been, but I prepared well for that
match and I m preparing for the
The veteran of 139 Test matches
last played a Test match against
Australia in January 2013 before
failing at Abu Dhabi.
Jayawardene did not face Bhatti
in last month s Twenty20 and
one-day series against Pakistan
after he was given paternity leave.
"When you face a bowler for
the first time there is always a
small difference," said Jayawar-
dene, who has hit 31 centuries
and scored 10,811 runs. "He
bowled in really good areas when
I went to bat ... I had watched
how Bhatti bowls, but watching
him and playing him are very dif-
The Pakistan team was looking
to finish off the first Test inside
four days after reducing Sri Lanka
to 186--4 at the end of the third
day s play for an overall lead of
just seven runs.
But Mathews featured in two
big century stands with Dinesh
Chandimal (89) and Prasanna
Jayawardene (63 not out) before
setting Pakistan left with no other
choice but to play out a draw.
Opening batsman Kaushal Silva
(81) also scored a fine half century
before he was dismissed in the
last over on the third day.
"The way our batsmen played
in the second innings was really
good ... We got back into the game
and that s what test cricket is
about," Jayawardene said.
"When we are behind, we have
to show a little character and we
did that, even turning it into a
potentially winning situation.
That was a great boost of con-
fidence, particularly for the young
players who are getting that expe-
Sri Lanka neutralised Pakistan
offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who
returned wicketless in the second
innings despite bowling 49 overs
to finish the match with just two
"If we play him like we did in
the first match and also play the
quicks well, there s a good chance
we can win the series," Jayawar-
dene said. "We won the last
series against Pakistan 1--0 in Sri
Lanka by coming up with similar
With Sri Lanka not playing
much of Test cricket this year,
Jayawardene has not set long term
goals for himself.
"This year there are only five
or six Tests remaining," he said.
"I ve said before that I don t have
a plan for the long term ... When
you get to this stage in your crick-
eting career, it s not easy to have
Jayawardene not worried after two quick dismissals
DUBAI---Sri Lanka has called up
uncapped batsman Kusal Perera to
replace the injured Lahiru Thiri-
manne for the remaining two Tests
Team manager Michael de Zoysa
says Thirimanne has not responded
to the treatment on his right ankle
and left for home with injured fast
bowler Nuwan Kulasekera on Sun-
day. Sri Lanka has not replaced
Kulasekera because they have four
fast bowlers in the squad, but de
Zoysa says they have called up Perera
in case another batsman gets injured.
Perera has played 19 one-day
internationals and scored 333 runs,
but is yet to make his Test debut.
He played in last month s one-day
series against Pakistan which Sri
Lanka lost 3--2.
The second test starts in Dubai
Perera replaces injured Thirimanne
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