Pietersen has ‘irreconcilable differences’ with coach

January 1st, 2009 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 1 (IANS) England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen’s relationship with head coach Peter Moores has hit a “nadir” and could lead to one of them exiting before the Ashes series against Australia, a newspaper reported Thursday.Pietersen has called for “crisis talks” early in January with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke to sort out what he sees as “irreconcilable differences” between him and Moores, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“Moores endured a difficult relationship with Michael Vaughan and it is believed his successor, Pietersen, has run out of patience with the coach. Pietersen is the man with the power and it is not inconceivable that he could issue an ultimatum to the board,” said the paper.

It said both Pietersen and Moores are under pressure after being humiliated at the Standford Twenty20 series in the Caribbean last year, followed by a series defeat in India.

In the Chennai Test, won by India, “England’s plans and tactics were exposed as too rigid and inflexible by an aggressive Indian side”, the paper said.

“With relations between the pair at a nadir, Clarke could struggle to negotiate a peace between the two men. If that fails then the ECB may be forced to change captain or coach, a potentially damaging move with a wounded Australia team set to tour in the summer,” said the report.

The England team leaves on a tour of the West Indies Jan 21.

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