Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pietersen has been added to Ind Series


London: Kevin Pietersen has been added to England test squad for next month tour to India.

The decision to recall the South African-born batsman was made after he met Coach Andy Flower, skipper Alastair Cook and other senior players and main members of England's management team this week.

We were keen Kevin Pietersen should hold a series of opposite meetings with team management and senior players before the test squad depart for the UAE and India next week, England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris said in a report on Thursday.

The meetings were positive and cordial and all outstanding issues have been resolved. All the England players and managing are now keen to draw a line below this matter and totally focus on the cricketing challenge that lays ahead in India.

Pietersen, 32, who averages 49.48 from 88 tests, was dropped for the 3rd and last test against South Africa at Lord's in August after admitting sending provoking texts to the opposite players.

But he denied allegation he had told them how to dismiss former captain Andrew Strauss, who retire from all cricket after South Africa won the test series 2-0.Pietersen used his Twitter account to express his delight at being back in the England squad.

The happiest days of my career have been playing cricket for England, Pietersen said. Long may that continue?"ECB Team selector Geoff Miller said it would be fine to have an extra batsman in the squad, particularly as Ian Bell was due to return home for the birth of his child midway during the tour of India.

We are happy to welcome a player of Kevin's proven international caliber back into the squad for such a Main Test Series, said Miller’s we anticipate Ian Bell will return home for the birth of his 1st child around the time of the 2nd test in Mumbai, the team will benefit from having an extra batsman in the squad.

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