England have initiated a "step change" in team management strategy which they believe will benefit them in all formats for years to come.
Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, chose that phrase to describe Wednesday's announcement that coaching responsibilities are to be split between team director Andy Flower and Ashley Giles. The latter is to take charge of his country's limited-overs squads while Flower can concentrate on the Test team exclusively, as well as overall strategy.
"We are all aware over the last five and a half years, since Andy's been involved, that we've enjoyed some fantastic successes," said Morris. "Those successes, of course, have included Ashes series victories in England and Australia and an ICC World Twenty20 trophy - the country's first in an International Cricket Council global tournament."
He went on: "Over that period, Andy has missed a handful of days. We all know how busy the schedule is. Andy is 44 and has three young kids and spends a hell of a lot of time away from home.
"We also know over the next eight-year period we will have a similar volume of cricket."
Next year, that will include a Champions Trophy on home soil - a first big test for Giles - and then back-to-back Ashes series home and away.
Morris said: "We need a step change in order to protect our greatest assets, which are our players and our team director and senior management, to retain our talent over a long period of time.
"We have played as much as India, ahead of Australia and pretty much all the other full member nations.
"Andy has had the busiest workload, including 15 overseas tours - 60% of his life has been in a hotel room.
"It is not sustainable for one person to be looking after all aspects of the game."
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