Andrew Strauss' future as England Test captain has been thrown into doubt following the news that ECB managing director Hugh Morris will address the media at noon on Wednesday.
Strauss, 35, was expected to play for Middlesex in the County Championship on Tuesday following a short break after the Test series defeat to South Africa, which saw the Proteas replace England as the world No.1 side.
But his withdrawal from the match has been followed by the announcement of a hastily-convened press conference at Lord's, with chief executive Giles Clarke then available for interview at Derbyshire from 2pm.
Both men may also shed some light on the future of Kevin Pietersen, who is in international exile after admitting sending "provocative" text messages to South Africa during the Test series.
The Pietersen saga has taken its toll on Strauss, who suffered with the bat against the Proteas and was equivocal when questioned about his plans.
Asked if he would still be in charge for the forthcoming tour of India, the opening batsman said: "It's probably hard to answer that after the week that's just gone by. It's been a tiring week.
"We all need to sit down - myself and Andy Flower in particular - and try and map out the way forward."
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