The England & Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the stepping down of England team director Andy Flower. Here is the full text of the official statement released by the ECB:
Andy Flower has today informed the England and Wales Cricket Board that he wishes to step down after five successful years as England Team Director.
Flower, who played 63 Tests and 213 ODIs for Zimbabwe over 11 years, began working with the national side in 2007 when he appointed assistant coach to Peter Moores. In 2009 the Zimbabwean was appointed England Team Director and during Flower's five year tenure England teams have achieved a number of significant milestones. England has won the Ashes three times - in 2009 and 2013 at home and for the first time in 24 years in 2010/11 Andrew Strauss and Flower won the Ashes in Australia. In 2011 England climbed to the top of the ICC Test rankings and in 2012 Alastair Cook's side won a Test series in India for the first time in 27 years. England also claimed a first global title in 2010 when the team won the ICC World T20 in West Indies.