Flower, meanwhile, has asked for patience from England's fans as they look to get back into the four-match series.
Audiences with Andy Flower are always instructive; he weighs each question carefully; he respects it and then he gives as candid a reply as he can. In the past these audiences have been infrequent but there is a convention now that he speaks after every English Test defeat. We are seeing a bit more of him. England have lost seven of their last 12 Test matches.
In Mumbai Flower could only try to support his players with the series only just underway. "Judge us in three Tests' time," said Flower. He needs to buy some time for his players, who revealed all their old frailties when confronted by sub-continental spinners.
Like everyone else Flower identified England's lamentable first innings batting as the cause of the defeat in Ahmedabad. "If we'd batted in the first innings like we batted in the second it might have been a different story and a different result. However that's not the case, that's for sure. Those three wickets hurt us at the end of day two, obviously, and the ball turned quite sharply and quite quickly in that first innings. And there were a few soft dismissals which cost us."
All four batsmen in the middle-order misfired, but not so curiously the centre of our attention was Kevin Pietersen, who batted against India's left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha, as if he had nails protruding through the soles of his cricket boots. Flower could only mount a diplomatic defence.
"Look, Kevin's a very fine cricketer and he has 21 Test centuries. This will not go down as one of his memorable games, of course, but he's got three more Tests to contribute to winning games for England.
"In this last Test the left-arm spinner got him out twice and he obviously struggled against him but only a few Tests ago against Sri Lanka he scored a magnificent 150 and they had a reasonable left-arm spinner [Rangana Herath] playing in sub-continental conditions. The method he used there was very successful. I'm not just talking about his attacking method but his defensive one too. He's a very experienced cricketer and I trust he'll bring that experience to bear in the next Test match."
Flower is aware of England's recent record, with five defeats in Asia in six matches, but he does not believe anything is fundamentally wrong. "I think there are some very basic things that we haven't done well enough and I hope I'm not making personal excuses here.
"I don't think it's anything to do with the environment or with the team dynamics or the way we train. I think that we have failed in a number of first innings and if you do that in the sub-continent you pay the price. That's where we have failed and I don't think we should over-complicate it.'
However he did admit that there were some mistakes in the management's decision-making for the first Test. He was asked whether England should have picked Monty Panesar.
"I think with hindsight it was a mistake not to play him," Flower replied. "I didn't expect that pitch to turn as early as it did. In fact, once we saw it turning early I thought it might deteriorate more and I was surprised on day four and five how well it played. I certainly misjudged that pitch."
At this stage of the series the only person that Flower will criticise in the open is himself. What about the decision to send out James Anderson as a night-watchman with 20 minutes remaining on the second day (Anderson lasted nowhere near that long)? "Perhaps that was too big an ask for Jimmy. That is my responsibility."
He ended on more positive notes. "I am as excited about this challenge as I was before the first Test," he said before passing on some genuinely good news.
Although Ian Bell did not quite get home in time to witness the birth, he is now the proud father of Joseph William and all is well.
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