Cape Town - Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes Andy Flower still has a huge amount to offer English cricket.
Strauss was the skipper and Flower the coach when they led England to
being the No 1 Test side in the world in 2010/11, a year which
also saw them winning the Ashes in Australia.
However, Flower's 12-year association with English cricket, where he
worked also worked with the England Lions, was ended last month by the
ECB, much to the dismay of Strauss.
Strauss told the PA news agency: "Andy was by far the best coach I
ever worked with, a great man and had incredible success with the
England cricket team.
"We certainly haven't seen the end of Andy Flower yet. I would not be
at all surprised if we saw him in a high-profile coaching role again.
"Maybe not with the ECB, but in the English game somewhere. I
sincerely hope he stays involved in English cricket, rather than going
Strauss, who previously held the role of ECB director of cricket,
recently accepted a role as chair of the ECB cricket committee.
It will run alongside his work for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which
was set up in memory of his late wife to fund research into rare forms
of lung cancer and to support patients and families affected by the
"It's me dipping my toe back into the game of cricket," he explained.
"The ECB cricket committee has a very broad reach overseeing
professional cricket in the country, but also women's cricket and
disability cricket and the pathway to the top.
"It keeps me engaged and cricket is in my blood so I want to be
involved in some way, but it's about juggling it with the foundation.
"Even more importantly it's juggling it with my boys and making sure I am around to do what they need me to do."