Andy Flower Vows to Stay After Ashes Whitewash as England Call Up Chris Woakes

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 06:  England coach Andy Flower talks to the media at a press conference at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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A defiant, yet contemplative, Andy Flower confirmed on Monday he will remain as England's team director, after his team's humiliation at the hands of Australia in the Ashes series.  

When pushed for further comment on whether he would stay in charge, after confirming his decision, Flower added strongly—per Sky Sports"You asked for a clear answer, I think yes is a pretty clear answer."

England's landslide defeat was a huge shock to the cricket world and represents an end of an era for many stalwarts in the squad. 

Discussing the disastrous series, Flower said:

Look in sport you win and lose and you have to expect both those things. We've had a lot of good times. This was not a good time for any of us involved with the England cricket team. I like to feel pride about the way we go about things. I don't feel pride in the way that we played this Test series.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Ben Stokes of England is bowled by Ryan Harris of Australia during day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kol
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England have failed with bat and ball during the Ashes series, with Ben Stokes the only player to average above 30.00 with the bat across the series (stats by ESPN.)

Not a single batsman scored over 300 runs for the whole tour, with Kevin Pietersen coming closest on 294 runs, in what became an embarrassment of an Aussie summer for the English attack.  

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Stuart Broad of England bowls during day two of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 4, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Stuart Broad walked away from the series with a respectable bowling average of 27.52. However, both Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann were incredibly expensive with figures of 43.92 and 80.00.  

The combination of a lack of form and quality ensured that England could get nowhere near winning the series. In fact, most Tests were lost without much fight whatsoever.

Attention now reverts to the one-day series, and is an opportunity for England to restore some pride and confidence. 

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been added to the party (per the Press Association via The Guardian) in what will be a rebuilding exercise for Alastair Cook and Ashley Giles. 

Woakes has featured at the Big Bash for Sydney Thunder and was captain of the Lions tour to Sri Lanka. His fortunes previously in an England shirt have been mixed, having featured in 13 ODIs for his country. 

After a fantastic 6 for 45 in just his second match, Woakes' form fell away as his economy rate slipped to 5.66 (per ESPN).

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:  Chris Woakes of England fails to stop the ball watched by umpire Kumar Dharmasena during day one of the 5th Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at the Kia Oval on August 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Phot
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A much admired cricketer around the England setup, Woakes has earned another opportunity to play for his country. England's recent failings in the field will also be helped by Woakes, who has safe hands and is tactically sharp. 

The first ODI begins on Sunday, with a number of senior players rested, including the likes of Anderson and Pietersen, after the nightmare of the Test series defeat (per Dean Wilson of The Mirror.)