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CRICKET: Andy Flower has stepped down as England team director.

Flower's decision follows a meeting with new England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Paul Downton.

Flower has been in charge since taking over from Peter Moores in 2009 and boasts a fine record, but his position became untenable after the Ashes whitewash this winter.

The ECB confirmed Flower will continue to act as a selector for the time being and he is hoping to find a new position within the organisation.

Meanwhile, captain Stuart Broad admits England's players are looking forward to leaving Australia after their last hope for some redemption at the end of a "torrid" tour was crushed by defeat in the Twenty20 series.

Australia coasted to an eight-wicket win with 31 balls to spare at the MCG to complete a whitewash of all three formats.

"It's been a torrid tour for team England," said Broad.

"We didn't really get going in a one-day series which if we look at it we probably should have won, and lost 4-1, and now we've lost the Twenty20 series."
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Date:Feb 1, 2014
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