Flower stays loyal to England
Once Duncan Fletcher was appointed coach of India, there seemed little reason why Andy Flower would not continue his tenure as England Team Director.
The Zimbabwean has won successive Ashes series with England, and guided the team to a first global trophy at the World Twenty20 but still feels he has unfinished business - namely to take England to the number one spot in the Test rankings.
Flower was approached by India during the recent World Cup and was indeed tempted by the chance to work with the world champions, the chance to live in a different culture and of course the lucrative financial package.
However, Flower is a man of substance and despite his curious mind and appetite for a challenge, he made his decision to stay with England soon after returning from the sub-continent.
Flower's next job is to discuss the one-day captaincy with Andrew Strauss - photo: Getty
There has been much speculation about whether Flower's new contract would contain clauses permitting him to miss certain tours in order to reduce his workload, in the same way that a player might be rested.
I understand, however, that there is no such specific clause, nor any understanding with the England and Wales Cricket Board that there may be a need for Flower and even perhaps his assistant Richard Halsall to be rested from the odd trip.
As yet there is no plan for either of them to miss any tours, but it seems the conversation has been had, and further discussions on workload - for both players and management - will take place at a meeting today.
Rotating players is tricky; cricketers don't always like to be rested because it gives an opportunity for someone else to take their place in the side - and the paying public can also feel short changed at not seeing the top England players in action.
On the other hand, the players needed a break for both mind and body because of the sort of schedule this winter threw up.
Andrew Strauss missed the tour of Bangladesh last year in order to be fresher for the Ashes and the build-up that preceded it. The move paid off, but had the team lost to Australia down under, questions would no doubt have been asked about that decision.
Resting a coach wouldn't produce the same quandaries, but it takes a strong and immensely trustworthy management structure for a deputy to get a taste of leadership and be able to hand the reigns back a month or so later, slipping quietly back into the number two role.
Flower and Halsall have worked together in the England set up since 2007 though, when they were respectively batting and fielding coach under Peter Moores..
Their relationship seems to be built on solid ground and Flower wouldn't entertain the idea of rest if he thought it would jeopardise the team and their performances in any way.
Now that Flower's continuing services have been secured, the ECB's next task is to determine whether Andrew Strauss wants to stay on as one-day captain - a decision which could be forthcoming within the next week.
Strauss knows he will not be playing in the next World Cup in four years' time and he is not the sort of man who will want to hang around knowing he is not part of the future.
Alastair Cook would appear to be the captain-in-waiting, but is it the right time to make the transition when Cook isn't currently in the one-day team?
There is rarely a 'perfect' time for change and this may be as good a time as any for Strauss to relinquish the role and carry on working together with Flower to achieve their joint aim of England becoming the number one Test side in the world.