Wednesday 8 January 2014 

Ultimatum Reports 'Inaccurate' - Flower

Andy Flower talks at a press conference
Andy Flower: 'The reports that I have issued an ultimatum of some description to the ECB are totally inaccurate.'
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England Team Director Andy Flower has issued a statement saying that reports in the media that he has issued an ultimatum to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are inaccurate.

Reports in a number of English newspapers and websites claim that Flower has told the ECB that he would quit his post if batsman Kevin Pietersen remains part of the squad.

The reports suggest that the relationship between Flower and Pietersen has completely broken down and that one, or both, will have to make way.

However, the ECB issued a statement this morning in which Flower refutes claims that he has made an ultimatum in the wake of England's 5-0 defeat to Australia in The Ashes.

"Following speculation in the media today I feel it necessary to reiterate much of what I said in my recent press conference," he said.

"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.

"I repeat that neither I nor the wider ECB 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."

Both Flower and Pietersen have publicly committed their futures to England, as has captain Alastair Cook after the side were comprehensively beaten by Australia.

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