Exciting times ahead for Flower

18 December 2012 08:55:15 EST

England team director Andy Flower is looking forward to an exciting 2013 after guiding his side to a superb Test series victory in India.

Alastair Cook and England have a busy 2013 schedule ahead.

Flower will split his duties with Ashley Giles in the future and believes that a change to the coaching set-up will be beneficial in all forms of the game.

He told reporters: "It is going to be a busy year. We've got the Champions Trophy, one of our priorities - happening in England - and we'll have a chance there.

"Then there's the two Ashes series in the second half of the year. That's going to be some tough, sustained cricket.

"But we've shown out here that we can play that type of cricket and that we learn to survive in different conditions."

England are 11/10 to win the Champions Trophy on home soil next year, with South Africa 1212/1 and Australia 1212/1.

We hope that Ashley Giles can take the limited-overs teams forward.

Andy Flower

Meanwhile, Flower has voiced his unequivocal support for former England spinner and Warwickshire director of cricket Giles, who takes up the reins in the 50-over and Twenty20 formats.

He added: "We hope that Ashley Giles can take the limited-overs teams forward.

"I think the injection of new ideas and new energy from a successful coach and successful international cricketer, as Ashley is, will be something that (captain) Alastair Cook is looking forward to.

"I hope it takes our limited-overs cricket up another notch."

Meanwhile, Joe Root has been added to the squad for the upcoming two T20 internationals, while James Anderson and Jonathan Trott will sit out the New Year one-day series, with Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler handed call-ups.

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