Former England Cricket Coach Andy Flower has been talking about his career to the Daily Mail’s Cricket Correspondent Paul Newman and during the chat spoke glowingly of Somerset’s rising batting star Tom Abell.
Flower had been a largely anonymous member of the crowd at The Oval when Somerset were playing Surrey earlier this season so has witnessed Abell’s talents first hand. In the interview published on Saturday 7th May, Flower was quoted as saying: “We were at The Oval watching Somerset and Tom Abell was batting with Marcus Trescothick.
“The biggest compliment you could pay Tom is that both looked like international batsmen.
“There are some very good young batters around and Tom is one. We just have to keep pushing the boundaries to see how good they can be.”
This is praise indeed from a man who knows a bit about the game. During his five years working with England the former Zimbabwean international led the team to become the number one ranked team in terms of test playing countries. He also successfully led England to Ashes victory in July & August 2013 winning the test series 3–0.
On a personal level he was awarded the 2011 Coach of the Year in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and in 2013 was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to sport.