Andy Flower admits it is 'tricky' letting England players balance cricket with family life


England head coach Andy Flower admits the team management and players have 'tricky decisions' to make in trying to balance professional commitments with their family life.

Paceman James Anderson has just returned to the England fold after attending the birth of his second child earlier this week, while Graeme Swann and Paul Collingwood are set to miss World Cup warm-up matches in February because their partners are due to give birth.

Former England bowler Bob Willis has criticised the decision to release players for paternity leave, but Flower believes a balance has to be struck.

Birth then Perth: England's James Anderson returned home to see his new baby born

Birth then Perth: England's James Anderson returned home to see his new baby born

Flower said: 'They're adults and they want to be free to make their own decisions about which country they travel to or the timings of those trips.

'For other people - as in us, the management - to make those decisions for them, I would imagine is a little galling. But those are tricky decisions to make. We try to get it as right and as fair as possible.'

Willis said last week: 'I don't agree with the Mothercare buggy-rolling thinking that modern man has. He should be on the cricket tour, that's his job.

'Two 24-hour flights in a week won't do him any good at all.'


 


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