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Andy Flower

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Zimbabwe, South Australia, Essex, MCC, Mashonaland, Mashonaland Inv, Zimbabwe Under-23, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Inv XI
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | -
Home country:
Zimbabwe
Born:
April 28, 1968, Cape Town

Profile

Considered as one of the best wicket-keeper batsmen in the world and Zimbabwe’s finest batsman, Andrew Flower will forever be remembered for his unmatched dedication to the Zimbabwean cricket team for 10 long years. His first-class career dates back to 1986-87 that continued to flourish till 2007, during which he played for Essex and South Australia.

“Petals” as he is nicknamed, made his international debut in the 1992 Cricket World Cup against New Zealand and played most of his cricket alongside younger brother Grant. He had two spells with Zimbabwe as their skipper, once in 1994-95 where he led the team to their first Test victory and then in 2000, becoming the first Zimbabwean to led a Test tour to England. Andy was a fine player of both, fast bowling and spin that saw him scoring 540 runs during their India tour in 2001, where he was dismissed only twice. His retirement from international cricket came in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, where he along with team-mate Henry Olonga, protested against what they termed as the “death of democracy”.

Post retirement, Flower turned towards coaching and was named as England’s Assistant Coach in 2009, with Peter Moores. But less than 48 hours later, he was put in charge of the national team. As England’s coach, he has two back-to-back Ashes wins under his belt, one at home and the other away. His unbreakable bond with captain Andrew Strauss helped the team achieve a respectable status in the limited overs format and guided them to their first ICC trophy at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. His contract as the England coach was renewed by the ECB in 2011.The following year, Flower’s workload was reduced by Ashley Giles as he was named the limited-overs coach, while the former still holding the directorial post.


Fast Facts

  • Andy Flower became the first Zimbabwean cricketer to be included in ICC’s Best-Ever Test Championship Rating.
  • He is the highest run-scorer in ICC Cricket World Cup history for Zimbabwe.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 63 112 4794 19 51.54 45.07 12 27 232*
ODI 213 208 6786 16 35.34 74.59 4 55 145
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 63 2 3 4 0 0/0 / - 8 0 0 0 0
ODI 213 2 30 23 0 0/9 / - 4.6 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 151 9 2
ODI 141 32 8
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 20 1 10 0 9 5
ODI 52 12 35 2 3 23.08

Career

Span:
Test:
1992-2002
 
ODI:
1992-2003
Test
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs India at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Oct 18, 1992
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs Pakistan at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo - Nov 16, 2002
ODI
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth - Feb 23, 1992
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka at Buffalo Park, East London - Mar 15, 2003
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