Andy Flower factfile
Runs and a political stance for Zimbabwe, a three-time Ashes-winning coach. We look at Andy Flower's cricketing highs and lows
Last Updated: 31/01/14 2:42pm
1968: Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 28.
1992: February 23 - Makes his first one-day international appearance for Zimbabwe in the World Cup against Sri Lanka, making an unbeaten 115.
October 18 - Makes his Test debut for Zimbabwe against India in Harare, appearing in his country's first ever Test match.
1995: Appointed captain of Zimbabwe, leading his country to their first Test victory against Pakistan in Harare. Flower scored a century, whilst his younger brother Grant made a double.
2000: In his second stint as captain, Flower leads Zimbabwe on their first Test tour of England.
November - During a tour of India he smashes an unbeaten 232 in Nagpur, his career-best Test score.
2002: Named as one of Wisden's cricketers of the year.
May - Begins his career with Essex.
2003: February 10 - At the Cricket World Cup Flower and team-mate Henry Olonga appear in Zimbabwe's opening match against Namibia wearing black armbands in protest at Robert Mugabe's government and what the two describe as "the death of democracy".
March - Retires from international cricket following the controversy at the World Cup. Signs a three-year contract with South Australia, continuing to play for Essex during the Australian winter.
October 1 - The MCC makes Flower and Olonga honorary life members for their bravery at the World Cup.
2005: Younger brother Grant joins him at Essex, where they become the first brothers to score first-class centuries for the county in the same innings.
2007: May 7 - Named England assistant coach, replacing Matthew Maynard, subsequently ending his Essex career.
2009: Appointed interim team director for the West Indies tour following the departure of Peter Moores.
April 15 - Appointed England team director on a permanent basis.
August 23 - Guides England to 2-1 series win over Australia as they regain the Ashes.
2010: May 16 - England win their first ICC trophy by landing the World Twenty20 crown in the Caribbean.
August 29 - England complete 3-1 win over Pakistan in four-Test series overshadowed by allegations of spot-fixing against the touring team.
December 29 - England retain Ashes after establishing a 2-1 lead against Australia with an innings and 157-run victory in Melbourne.
2011: January 7 - England win series 3-1 after another innings victory in Sydney.
May 3 - Renews his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
August 11 - A 4-0 Test series victory over India sees England reach number one in the rankings of Test-playing nations.
December 22 - Named coach of the year in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.
2012: July-August - In charge as South Africa claim a 3-0 Test series victory in England. Flower had omitted Kevin Pietersen from the squad after the batsman sent provocative text messages to opposition players.
2013: February-March - England draw a three-match Test series 0-0 with New Zealand. England do, however, win the subsequent one-day international and Twenty20 series.
July-August - Successfully leads England to a 3-0 Ashes series victory over Australia.
2014: January - England suffer a 5-0 whitewash defeat to Australia in the return Ashes series but Flower insists he will stay on as England team director.
January 8 - Describes media reports he has issued an ultimatum to the ECB over the future involvement of any individuals in the playing group or in the support staff as "totally inaccurate".
January 31: Reports emerge that Flower has left his post as England coach.