Andy Flower says he might retire before 2015 World Cup

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2011, 12:28 PM IST

London: England cricket coach Andy Flower has expressed doubts about whether he will continue till the 2015 World Cup.

“That [2015 World Cup] would be the ideal scenario, but I have a young family and it is a full-time job, more so in some respects. You don’t know what is around the corner. In my present position, I will definitely keep planning towards that [2015] sort of longevity, but realistically, I don’t know,” a leading daily quoted Flower, as saying.

His statement comes in the wake of the England team looking forward to defend their world’s best Test team status.

Flower has admitted that the hectic international schedule limits the job’s span, and hinted that his family commitments would be his future priority.

Though there is no candidate within the England set-up to take over his post, he would certainly groom a suitable successor.

Flower and England skipper Andrew Strauss are now setting new targets after becoming the top World Test team.

“To remain No1 is a serious challenge for us. We aimed for No1 Test ranking and that was a great motivational tool for us. Now we have achieved that other sides will be doing the chasing and we have to reset our standards. We have underperformed in the 50-over game,” Flower said.

"The next World Cup is in Australia in 2015 and that is one of the specific challenges we have. For Andrew Strauss and myself, we want to put in place a method of operation and certain principles that will stand English cricket in very good stead in the long term,” he added.

ANI