Gower appreciates 'enforced' and 'judged' change

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Former captain David Gower has cherished the sweeping changes among England's coaching personnel, ahead of May and June's series against Sri Lanka.

Former captain David Gower has cherished the sweeping changes among England's coaching personnel, ahead of May and June's series against Sri Lanka.

Head coach Andy Flower, batting coach Graham Gooch and limited-overs coach Ashley Giles have been removed in the wake of a five-nil Test series defeat to Australia and an early exit at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Former Test coach Peter Moores has since been reinstated, ex-Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace has been hired as Moores' assistant and Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell appointed to the selection panel.

"Enforced change is one thing, judged change is another," said Prostate Cancer UK ambassador Gower, who was speaking on behalf of the Men United campaign.

"The blend of the two leaves you in a position where you have the experience to come back from a five-nil drubbing, you have to do everything you can to put that behind you, and to use the interim period to reboot a bit, to pull yourself together.

"When you start again, the psychology is so right. There is a fresh start with new opposition, you look at yourself in the mirror as an individual and a team, and you can say 'actually we are not as bad players as people say we are'.

"Then, come May, you are off and running again to get back to the job. There are a lot of reasons to smile a bit and say 'things can turn around'. The worst thing would be to say 'we have not got a chance'."

The English and Sri Lankans will clash for a one-off Twenty20 Internationals, five ODIs and two Tests. Lord's in London will host the first Test and Headingley in Leeds the second.

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