• The Ashes

Finn, Root back Flower to stay as England coach

ESPN staff
December 20, 2013
Andy Flower will not comment on his future until after the Ashes series © Getty Images

Steven Finn is in contention for an England start in the fourth Ashes Test and has backed coach Andy Flower in wake of surrendering the Urn back to Australia.

England suffered heavy defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide before the hosts completed a convincing series victory in Perth.

The nature of the defeat has left Flower's future uncertain, while he will not comment on the situation until after the final two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

However, Finn was quick to offer support to the 45-year-old, who had previously guided England to three consecutive Ashes triumphs.

"He's been fantastic for the group," Finn told BBC Radio 5 live. "He's always working extremely hard to make sure that we're as prepared as we can possibly be for Test matches. It would be a great loss if he goes."

"I've had a really good working relationship with him and a personal relationship."

Meanwhile, Joe Root has also expressed a desire for Flower to stay in charge. The 22-year-old wants the team to concentrate on the fourth Test, but believes Flower has "been fantastic" for the side.

"I don't think we can look past Boxing Day, to be honest," Root said. "It's a massive game for us and we want to put a lot of things right. If we start looking too far ahead things could slip away.

"[Flower] has done a fantastic thing for English cricket over his career. He's been very good for my development as a player. It's been great working with him and hopefully that can continue."

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