Andy Flower

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: April 28, 1968, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Height: 5ft 10in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Andy Flower Bio

Andrew Flower, widely known as Andy Flower, is a former Zimbabwean cricketer and coach who is considered one of the greatest players in the history of Zimbabwe cricket. Born on April 28, 1968, in Cape Town, South Africa, Andy Flower comes from a cricketing family, with his younger brother Grant also representing Zimbabwe at the international level.

Throughout his career, Flower proved to be Zimbabwe’s most reliable and consistent batsman, possessing true Test quality in all conditions. He was known for his exceptional skill and technique against both pace and spin, making him a highly valued asset to the Zimbabwean national team. Flower’s playing career spanned from 1992 to 2003, during which he achieved numerous milestones and left an indelible mark on the sport.

Making his Test debut in 1992 against India, Flower quickly established himself as a key player for Zimbabwe. He captained the team on two separate occasions and led them to their first-ever Test victory in 1994-95 against Pakistan. Flower’s standout performance came during the Test series against South Africa in Harare, where he scored a magnificent 142 and an unbeaten 199. This remarkable display of skill secured him a place among the elite players of his generation.

In 2000, Flower reached his peak form and enjoyed a period of extraordinary consistency. For approximately two years, he outperformed all others and established himself as the best player in Zimbabwe’s cricketing history. Flower’s mastery over spin bowling was truly exceptional, as evidenced by his outstanding performance during the 2001 tour of India. Throughout the series, he amassed a remarkable 540 runs, only getting dismissed twice.

Flower’s cricketing career also saw its share of challenges and controversies. The 2003 World Cup proved to be a turbulent period for him, leading to his retirement from international cricket. Alongside his teammate Henry Olonga, Flower boldly protested against what they perceived as the suppression of democracy in Zimbabwe. This protest was a brave stand that earned him respect and admiration, but it also marked the end of his international playing days.

After retiring from cricket, Flower transitioned into coaching and made a significant impact in that role as well. He joined the England coaching set-up as an assistant to Peter Moores before assuming the position of interim coach for the 2009 West Indies tour. Following that successful campaign, he was appointed as the team director, proving his leadership capabilities and strategic acumen.

During his tenure as England’s team director, Flower achieved remarkable success. He solidified an unbreakable bond with his captain, Andrew Strauss, and played a vital role in leading England to victory in two Ashes campaigns, both home and away. Under his guidance, England dethroned India to become the number one Test team and triumphed in the T20 World Cup in 2010, securing England’s first global ICC trophy.

However, Flower’s coaching career also faced challenges, with a devastating 5-0 defeat in the 2013-14 Ashes Series leading him to step down as England’s team director. Nevertheless, his contribution to English cricket was highly regarded, and he continued to work as the England and Wales Cricket Board’s technical director for a period of time. Additionally, Flower extended his coaching services to various T20 leagues around the world, further showcasing his expertise and knowledge of the game.

Andy Flower’s cricketing journey is a testament to his remarkable talent, dedication, and resilience. From his exceptional performances as a player to his successful coaching career, he remains an influential figure in the cricketing world. While Zimbabweans regard him as one of the greatest players in their country’s history, his impact and achievements extend far beyond the borders of Zimbabwe. Andy Flower’s contribution to the sport will be remembered for generations to come.

Andy Flower Career Stats

Andy Flower Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 63 112 19 4794 232* 51.54 10636 45.07 12 27 543 20 151 9
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 213 208 16 6786 145 35.34 9097 74.59 4 55 - - 141 32
FC 223 372 69 16379 271* 54.05 - - 49 75 - - 361 21
List A 380 366 45 12511 145 38.97 - - 12 97 - - 254 48
T20s 21 20 2 595 83 33.05 481 123.7 0 4 70 8 6 0

Andy Flower Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 63 2 3 4 0 - - - 8 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 213 2 30 23 0 - - - 4.6 - 0 0 0
FC 223 - 629 270 7 1/1 - 38.57 2.57 89.8 - 0 0
List A 380 - 132 103 1 1/21 1/21 103 4.68 132 0 0 0
T20s 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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