Boycott tells Flower to decide on future after unacceptable Ashes loss

ANI| Updated: Dec 18, 2013, 10:59 AM IST

London: Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has called on team director Andy Flower to make a quick decision on his future, according to reports.

According to the BBC, Flower, who took charge in 2009, has presided over England`s Ashes defeat in Australia, with the first chance to regain the urn not until 2015.

Zimbabwean Flower led England to their previous three Ashes triumphs but concerns over his workload eventually led to Ashley Giles taking charge of the limited-overs teams in November 2012, the report said.

After England`s 150-run defeat in the third Test in Perth, which gave Australia a 3-0 lead with only two Tests to play, Flower was asked about his future but would only comment on the upcoming matches in Melbourne and Sydney, the report added.

After three heavy defeats in Australia brought the Ashes defence to the quickest possible end, Boycott believes Flower and his staff must take some responsibility for England`s shortcomings, the report further said.

However, England captain Alastair Cook defended his former Essex teammate, insisting he wants Flower to continue, the report mentioned.