Ashes 2013-14: Flower should remain England coach - ECB boss

Andy Flower chats with captain Alastair Cook

England coach Andy Flower should lead the team in the next Ashes series in 2015, according to David Collier, the chief executive of the England & Wales Cricket Board.

Flower's side have already surrendered the Ashes to Australia, going 3-0 down with two Tests still to play, but Collier wants the Zimbabwean to remain.

"We believe we've got one of the best men in world cricket," he told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek. "We hope Andy will take us forward into the future and into the 2015 Ashes."

Flower, 45, has said he will not make a decision on his future until after the current Ashes tour.

But Collier said the ECB's stance would not change, even if England were beaten 5-0.

"Andy has the total and full confidence of the board," he added. "He has done an outstanding job. We are very hopeful he will remain with us. We believe he is the best man for the role."

Under Flower, England won three successive Ashes series. He also guided the team to victory in the ICC World Twenty20 competition in 2010 and led them to the top of the Test rankings a year later.

England bowler Steve Finn said it would be a "great loss" if Flower quit his role, while former England captain Geoffrey Boycott urged the coach to make a quick decision about his future plans.

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