The older of the Flower brothers, Andy Flower played from his high school days through to most of his career alongside his younger brother Grant Flower. He was Zimbabwe’s wicket-keeper for more than 10 years and statistically by far the finest batsman the country has fielded. “For a period of about two years from the start of 2000 he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe’s history.” (ESPN).
He had two stints as Zimbabwe captain, leading them to their first Test victory against Pakistan in 1994-95, and then becoming the first Zimbabwean to lead a Test tour of England, in 2000. An assured player of fast bowling since his early days as an opener, Flower matured into one of the best players of spin in the world, and on the Indian tour early in 2001 he made 540 runs for twice out. Opposing bowlers targeted him accordingly and after a phenomenal Test against South Africa at Harare, when he made 142 and 199 not out, he suffered a rare slump.
In 2003 Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore a black armband claiming the reasons, ‘to protest human rights in Zimbabwe and mourn the death of democracy’. This stand led to his retirement from international cricket, and he started playing English County Cricket for Essex. His county cricket career lasted from 2002-2006, he missed the 2007 season due to injury, which opened u a new window: coaching the England team.
Andy Flower was England’s assistant for two years, and after a bust up between the England captain and the England Coach, he was given the full time coaching job in January 2009. Within his first two years in charge, England won two Ashes campaign, achieved an unmatched level of consistency in ODI, and destroyed India 4-0 in a test series; moving England to No. 1 in the test rankings. Andy Flower was appointed OBE in 2011 for his services to the sport.