England coach Andy Flower has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change the regulations regarding bad light after his side narrowly missed out on a dramatic victory in the final Ashes Test on Sunday.
Chasing 227 after a bold declaration from Australia captain Michael Clarke,England were 21 runs short of their target with four overs remaining when bad light forced the players off the field at the Oval.
Where I think the ICC could improve the regulations,and weve spoken with ICC officials about this for years,I think the description that they use when judging bad light and when they consider whether its dangerous or not often it is not dangerous and its a poor description of that particular regulation, Flower told a press conference on Monday.
In my opinion it should be whether the contest between bat and ball is reasonable and fair. If there are spinners bowling,under their regulations at the moment it almost means you could play until it is dark because its obviously not dangerous.
I do think they need to change those regulations and cricket will be better for it, Flower added.
Despite the 3-0 scoreline,which secured England the famous urn for a third consecutive series,they have come under fire for some of their performances,but Flower rejected suggestions his side was more workmanlike than exciting.
I wouldnt describe Jimmy Andersons bowling at Trent Bridge as attritional,I wouldnt describe Kevin Pietersens batting yesterday as attritional,Stuart Broads incredible spell up at Durham as attritional. If anything thats a very negative spin on the topic.
That said,Flower acknowledged that there was room for improvement ahead of the return series,which begins in Brisbane on November 21.
Winning away in Australia is a tough ask without a doubt but we know that we are capable of it, he said. We will have to play some of our best cricket,in this series we didnt play our best cricket,I think that is fair to say,and there is room for us to improve and our guys will be working hard to ensure that happens.
Having stepped down as Englands one-day and Twenty20 coach last year,there had been speculation regarding Flowers future with the Test side,something the former Zimbabwe international dismissed.
I dont look too far ahead as regards to my own personal situation,weve got the challenge of an away Ashes coming up,but at the moment were reflecting on a job well done by the players and they should feel very proud of themselves and very satisfied.