Flower: England should be proud

  • Last Updated: December 17 2012, 15:35 GMT

Team director Andy Flower believes his England side have done the country proud after sealing a rare series victory in India.

Flower: England should be proud

Needing just a draw to claim a 2-1 win and their first series success in India for nearly 28 years, Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell both struck centuries as England safely negotiated the final day's play in Nagpur.

Flower took particular satisfaction from the fact his side learnt from their mistakes after losing the first Test, although he warned them against complacency in the future.

"They've really done themselves proud here and their country proud," he told Sky Sports 1.

"To come out here and show that they've learnt things is one of the special things about this victory.

"They've learnt how to play spin a lot better, obviously not the finished article but they've learnt how to play spin a lot better, they've learnt how to take 20 wickets in these conditions and they've learnt how to be resilient in foreign conditions.

"I think those are all things they can be very proud of."

A nine-wicket humbling in Ahmedabad led to much derision from the media that England could not play spin in the sub-continent, following on from their 3-0 loss against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

But Flower was rewarded for his patience with the batsmen as England charged back with victories in Mumbai and Kolkata.

"It's nice for that faith to be repaid," he added. "I must say after that first Test loss I was heartened by the way that we played in the second part of the first innings and heartened by the way we played in the second innings.

"I've also seen the work, obviously very close hand, that they were doing in training and I was convinced they were better players of spin than they showed in the first bit of that first innings in Ahmedabad - that cost us really dear there.

"We didn't know which way it was going to go but I think they've proved they've learnt a lot especially some of the older players.

"That is a testament to some of their humility and their maturity to continue their learning into this phase of their career."


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