David Saker: 'No rift between England's Kevin Pietersen, Andy Flower'

England's Kevin Pietersen raise his bat moments after reaching 50 runs during the third day of the third Ashes Test on August 3, 2013
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England bowling coach David Saker insists that there is no rift between Andy Flower and Kevin Pietersen.

England bowling coach David Saker has insisted that there is no rift between team director Andy Flower and batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Reports emerged after England's 5-0 Ashes whitewash defeat to Australia that Flower gave the ECB an ultimatum.

It had been suggested that Flower warned that he would step down from his role if Pietersen remained in the England team, but Flower rejected those reports.

"We went through tough times and people want to make up stories," BBC Sport quotes Saker as saying. "Kevin has been the same as he has always been. I'm sure what's being reported is nowhere near the truth.

"The relationship between Kevin Pietersen and Andy Flower hasn't changed from where I'm sitting. That's what happens. When you are losing these things come out quite often."

Meanwhile, Alastair Cook recently hinted that he may step down from his role as captain of the one-day international squad.

England coach Andy Flower at the fifth Ashes test on August 25, 2013
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