Andy Flower admits that he spoke to India about their coaching post, but insists he was intent on continuing the job he started with England two years ago.
Flower was one of the men touted as a possible replacement for Gary Kirsten when the South African stepped down after India’s World Cup victory last month.
The job went instead to fellow Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, and Flower was keen to point out that he never thought seriously about abandoning England.
“I’m really excited and always have been about being involved in English cricket,” he said on Thursday.
“I did have communication with India about that job, but it was very clear in my mind where my immediate future lies.
“I think we have done good things in my two years as head coach, but there is huge potential for growth for England cricket.
“We are ranked number three, our goal is to be ranked number one and for us to get there we are going to have to improve in various aspects of the game and we are going to have to be very hungry and driven towards that goal.
“In limited overs yes, we are Twenty20 champions, but that guarantees us nothing for the World Cup in 18 months and that is going to be held in the sub-continent.
“We have just come from a competition there where we didn’t perform anywhere near to our potential. We are going to have to address that.” Cricket365