Flower slams ICC rationale behind ‘ridiculous’ two-Test Oz, South Africa series

Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 18:10 PM IST

London: England coach Andy Flower has criticized the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s decision to hold a two-match Test series between Australia and South Africa, saying that the intent behind creating the fixture list has to be addressed.

“We have situations whereby two of the best and most exciting nations in the world – Australia and South Africa – are playing a two-match Test series. That’s a ridiculous situation and I’m saddened by it,” the Independent quoted Flower, as saying.

“We want to find out who the best side in the world is and we want to have them compete in exciting conditions and exciting series, but at the moment the intent is a financial one and that’s why the fixture list is comprised,” he added.

South Africa had won the first Test played in Cape Town by eight wickets. The second Test will be played in Johannesburg from November 17.

ANI