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CRICKET: Kevin Pietersen must not be scapegoat, says former England captain

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Former England captain Michael Vaughan is convinced there is an issue between England coach Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen following their 5-0 Ashes defeat by Australia.

Flower today denied he issued an ultimatum that would see either him or the 33-year-old Pietersen quit the team.

However, Vaughan says the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Pietersen should "bang their heads together" to ensure they remain in the setup.

Flower has committed his future to English cricket and Pietersen stated he has no intention of quitting Test cricket.

Now Vaughan, who captained Pietersen during England's 2005 Ashes win, is calling on the ECB to demand the pair hold a clear-the-air meeting.

Vaughan says he fears England will make Pietersen "a scapegoat" for the Ashes defeat.

Vaughan wants Pietersen to be made vice-captain and to be consulted on how England should move forward, but thinks he may be omitted from the squad because he is difficult to manage.


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