Andy Flower's appointment as assistant coach, ahead of the largely anonymous Matthew Maynard, is the first sign of Peter Moores making his mark on the wider England coaching set-up. Like Moores, Flower moves from the Academy, where he impressed a great deal of observers; he is a keen student of sports psycology. His appointment highlights the fact that the ECB have become great fans of recruiting from within. Although there is a danger this could lead to a 'closed-shop', as the national side has become of late, both Moores and Flower are worthy coaches and few can argue with their appointments.
Flower has spent five very successful seasons at Essex, so brings with him expert knowledge of the county game; his superb Test career is testament to his mental strength. As a coach, he is known for his flexibility and willingness to listen to the players, and boosts a fine working relationship with Moores. Flower was also an expert player of spin, so will doubtless have some tips for England's batsmen, too often lacking a coherent game-plan against spin.
He is a man of great professionalism and, as illustrated by the black armband he wore at the 2003 World Cup, possesses tremendous courage. In short, his fusion of a life in the game and impressive start to his coaching career mean he is exactly what England need. And there is every chance that it will be Flower who ultimately succeeds Moores.