The Telegraph
Thursday , January 9 , 2014
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No ultimatum issued: Flower

Calcutta: Coach Andy Flower on Wednesday dismissed reports that he issued an ultimatum to England cricket chiefs over certain players as ”totally inaccurate”.

English media said Flower was ready to quit unless he was given guarantees that Kevin Pietersen would not be selected to play under him in the fallout following the 5-0 Ashes series humiliation in Australia.

It follows rumours of a breakdown in their relationship, reportedly sparked by Pietersen making himself unavailable for one-day International matches last year in order to play in the IPL.

Pietersen, 33, who finished as England’s highest scorer in the series with 294 runs at 29.40, has posted a series of tweets stating he wants to remain part of the England set-up, insisting he is “determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015”.

The former captain, who has been struggling with a knee injury, reiterated his desire to reach 10,000 Test runs — he currently has 8,181 — and said he wanted to play in the Ashes in England next year.

Flower said in a statement that no snap decisions would be made despite the humbling by England’s oldest rivals.

“It would be sensible and responsible to review the tour in a calm and logical manner before assessing our options for the future and planning ahead,” he said.

“I repeat that neither I nor the wider ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) leadership group have made any decisions as to the future involvement of any individuals in the playing group or in the support staff.

“The reports that I have issued an ultimatum of some description to the ECB are totally inaccurate.”