Flower wants an end to on-field incidents

Wed, 26 Oct 11:05:00 2011

Coach Andy Flower has promised to "stamp out" the unsavoury on-field behaviour which has made England's hapless descent to a 5-0 series whitewash in India all the more unpalatable.

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As England left the field on Tuesday night, following a collapse of all 10 wickets for 47 runs to conclude their sorry one-day international campaign with a 95-run defeat at Eden Gardens, Ian Bell and Jade Dernbach were caught on camera during an unseemly altercation with India's Ravindra Jadeja.

Flower, like both captains Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, did not see the latest incident - but is nonetheless determined to put a stop to such behaviour. "I've heard about it from various sources," he said. "It's just another little, niggly incident none of us really want to see. We'll ensure these incidents are stamped out."

On-pitch aggravation is one of many facets of England's performance over the past two weeks which will require Flower's scrutiny.

It is a measure of their collective failure in the final match that it could be said - even after three previous trouncings, and one narrower defeat - they arguably saved the very worst until last.

"The manner of last night's loss was not pleasant to be involved with," added Flower, whose hopes had been raised while Cook and his fellow opener Craig Kieswetter raced to 129 for none in little more than 20 overs, in pursuit of 271 for eight.

"After such a great start by our two opening batsmen, who played superbly and got us into a position to win the game, it was very disappointing to capitulate as we did.

"It's been a very disappointing tour."

England have just one last chance, on Saturday, to redeem themselves partially in a one-off Twenty20.

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