Bopara at risk as Coach Flower plans to chop flops

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 08:06 hrs

England head coach Andy Flower has vowed to remove several cricketers from the squad after being embarrassed by the 5-0 series whitewash against India.

Flower, widely regarded as a hard-line boss, is expected to dump players who have shown poor skill and temperament to succeed against world champions India.

Among those in line for the axe is Ravi Bopara, whose international career is probably over after a total collapse in his form and confidence.

The likes of Ian Bell, Samit Patel and Jade Dernbach will also find 50-over selection tough in future.

According to The Sun, Flower cannot wait to restore the injured Eoin Morgan - who was missed hugely - and Stuart Broad to the team.

Flower is determined to make sure there is no repeat when England return to India for four Tests and seven one-dayers next winter.

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He wants players with the skill to bat against spin under pressure - not batsmen who panic.

That means the next generation of England batsmen will be sent to India on special training camps.

Flower said: "The capitulation of the middle-order was extremely disappointing. It was a combination of batsmen not handling the pressure and not being skilful enough to deal with the spinners. We've come up way short. We have to change England's traditional limitations against spin. Certainly, by the time we come back for the one-day series in 14 months' time, we have to look at things very differently."

"We must make sure everyone really learns and benefits. The players here have given their best but they have shown a lack of skill," added Flower.

Flower added: "We have to look at our selection and some of our training methods. We all weren't good enough."

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