Andy Flower has 'stepped down' as England coach following the team's Ashes drubbing in Australia, according to an ECB media release.

Flower had a meeting with Paul Downton, the England and Wales Cricket Board's new managing director, at Lord's on Thursday and the former Zimbabwe international informed the board that he wished to step down after five successful years as England Team Director.

"Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat, it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket, led by Alastair Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals," Flower said in the release.

Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat, it is clear to me that this is now time for England cricket to rebuild with a new set of values and goals

Andy Flower, Former England coach

"The opportunity to start with a clean slate and begin to instil methods to ensure England cricket is moving in the right direction will be an incredibly exciting challenge for someone but I do not feel like I am in a position to undertake that challenge."

Flower confirmed that he will remain a selector 'for the time being' while he explores other possible roles within the ECB.

Flower has been England's head coach since 2009, overseeing three Ashes series victories and guiding England to the 2010 World Twenty20 title - the first time they had won a major international limited-overs event.

England beat Australia 3-0 in a home Ashes last year but were thrashed just months later in the return series. Flower has pulled back from the daily running of England's one-day cricket, ceding this responsiblity to former Test spinner Ashley Giles.

But the losses have kept coming in Australia, a a 4-1 one-day series reverse followed by Wednesday's 13-run defeat in the first Twenty20 in Hobart and an eight-wicket loss in the second T20 in Melbourne on Friday.

Flower's England timeline

April 2009 - Flower named England's full-time team director after the team's tour of the West Indies.

August 2009 - England regain the Ashes with a 2-1 win over Australia.

May 2010 - The team breaks its ICC trophy drought with a seven-wicket win over Australia in the final of the World T20.

January 2011 - England keep the urn with a 3-1 win in Australia

November 2012 - Ashley Giles takes over ODI and T20 responsibilities from Flower

August 2013 - England win their third Ashes series in a row with a 3-0 victory at home.

January 2013 - Shocking turnaround as Australia whitewash England 5-0 to regain the Ashes.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies