Kevin Pietersen added to England squad for tour of India
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Kevin Pietersen has been added to the England squad for the tour of India.
The decision to recall the 32-year-old was made after he met with coach Andy Flower, Test captain Alastair Cook and other senior players this week.
"The meetings were constructive and cordial and all outstanding issues have been resolved," explained Hugh Morris, the England team's managing director
Pietersen, who recently agreed a new England contract, was dropped in August following a fractious summer.
The player had to apologise to former captain Andrew Strauss after sending "provocative" text messages to opposing players during the Test series against South Africa.
However, the ECB later accepted the texts were not derogatory about Strauss and the Surrey player was given a pending a successful outcome to a "reintegration" period.
After a series of successful meetings earlier this week in Oxford, England are now ready to welcome South Africa-born batsman back into the national fold before they fly out to Abu Dhabi next week ahead of their four-Test tour of India in November and December.
Pietersen is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League in South Africa.
"All the England players and management are now keen to draw a line under this matter and fully focus on the cricketing challenge that lies ahead in India," added Morris.
ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "We are pleased to welcome a player of Kevin's proven international calibre back into the Test squad for such an important Test series.
"As we anticipate that Ian Bell will return home for the birth of his first child around the time of the second Test in Mumbai, the team will benefit from having an extra batsman in the squad and all players who were originally selected for the tour will fly out as planned next week.
"Kevin will join up with the squad as soon as his Champions League commitments are complete."
The final of the Champions League is on 28 October, by which time England will be at a training camp in Dubai. Their first warm-up game starts on 30 October in Mumbai.
Rifts between Pietersen, who averages 49.48 in Test cricket, and his England team-mates surfaced during the series with South Africa, when he claimed there were after scoring a century in the second Test at Headingley in August.
Two days after Pietersen was dropped over the texts scandal, Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad issued a statement denying any involvement in a Twitter account called KP Genius that parodied Pietersen.
England Test squad for India: Alastair Cook (capt), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Nick Compton, Matt Prior (wk), Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar.
Swann particularly has been punching well above his weight for at least 18 months, but for some reason he's untouchable - maybe he sends nice tweets and Andy and the team.. that's the real joke here.
Re-integration? The ECB have clearly shown KP who has the whip hand, all principles sacrificed to get his name on the team sheet. Damned poor show!
#14 Agreed. Now KP has the upper hand what will the ECB do the next time the Tonka toys are thrown out of the pram?
Total loss of credibility all round.
It all depends on your point of view. You see a joker, and I see 7000 test runs and an average of 62 in India.
Who is the joker?
Welcome back Kevin!
Cricket and KP are high profile but the situation was allowed to become a bigger obstacle than it really was by some poor mismanagement.
Yes KP's judgement was poor, and unjustified, but a class mediator would have nipped this in the bud.
England with KP is a much better place.
As anyone who's played the game will know, cricket teams always have "cliques" .. and not everyone wilHe is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. Most bowling attacks fear him more than any other of the England batsmen.
Time will tell how "integrated" he is in the England team.
Having worked so hard to get him back in the side does this mean he is undropable if he fails to score the runs that many on this forum believe he will score.
For myself I believe it is a bad day for English cricket, as you can probably guess, I'm not a fan.
I based my comment on the seemingly extraordinary lengths the ECB has gone to get KP back in the side.
To us fans he is marmite so it's only natural that he has that effect on this team mates as well. With his past history at club and country I'm sure the are not the first to have ill feeling towards him.
Rightly or wrongly I think this is a bridge too far for KP and England unity.
I thought he had to put his England commitments first?
KP betrayed his country by informing the enemy of tactics and weaknesses of the England team.
Didnt we used to shoot people for TREASON? lol
Suppose thats why Britain "used" to be Great,
Get a grip.
I mean do principles mean nothing in sport. Guys like above think life owes them and the fact that they are celebrities that they can act and do as they please.
Get rid I say. Ethos and Ethics before results. Will never happen ;@(