Broad backs Flower to bloom
Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom have welcomed England's appointment of Andy Flower.
Last Updated: 15/04/09 2:29pm
Nottinghamshire's England duo Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom have welcomed the appointment of Andy Flower as the new director of the English cricket team.
The 40-year-old former Zimbabwe and Essex batsman has been chosen to lead England's bid to regain The Ashes this summer after filling in as caretaker when Peter Moores was sacked in January.
Both England skipper Andrew Strauss and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff voiced their support for Flower's regime in the Caribbean and, despite losing the Test series, they went on to record a 3-2 victory in the one-day series.
Broad proved a star performer throughout the tour and though he insists the final decision rested with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), he is pleased with the appointment.
"I've worked with Andy for a couple of years now," Broad told Sky Sports News. "He was assistant coach to Mooresy and obviously took charge in the West Indies.
"He's a fantastic bloke, he's very honest and he's a good leader so he's certainly the right man for the job.
"Obviously that's not our choice, but we certainly enjoyed working under him in the West Indies, he did a great job.
"We played good cricket on occasions and leading into a massive summer, it's fantastic to have Andy at the helm."
Sidebottom was also on that tour of the Caribbean and he too feels enthused ahead of the return series with the Windies.
"It's a great appointment," Sidebottom added. "He's been part and parcel of the team now for the last couple of years and all the guys have got to know him really well.
"Everybody gets on really well with him so it's fantastic. He's great to work with. He's quite laid-back and looking ahead there's big summers and big winters so it's great to have him on board.
"Everybody knows him so well so now we can move forward and hopefully keep winning games."
Flower's first fixture of a hectic summer schedule comes on May 6 with the start of the West Indies tour, followed by the Twenty20 World Cup and the Ashes.