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Pietersen left out of England Test squad for India tour

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 18, 2012 12:20 hrs

London, Sep 18 (IANS) Kevin Pietersen's name was missing from the English squad for India tour that was announced by the selectors Tuesday, who looked to the future with call-ups for Nick Compton of Somerset and Yorkshire opener Joe Root.

Pietersen will now have to wait for the ODI tour to India in early January or the trip to New Zealand in February to get back into international cricket.

Managing director of English Cricket Board (ECB) Hugh Morris said: "Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which led to his omission from the final Test match against South Africa. These discussions remain private and confidential, and as there are issues still to be resolved Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour."

The selectors clearly feel his presence would destabilise team unity in India, which will be one of the toughest trips undertaken during Andy Flower's tenure as England coach.

With Andrew Strauss now retired, England will look to Compton or Root to push their case in the three warm-up matches before the first Test in Ahmedabad Nov 15.

This will be Compton's first England tour at the age of 29 after a summer of heavy run scoring for Somerset. He averaged 99 in the championship and now has the chance to emulate his grandfather, Denis, and play Test cricket for England.

Root's selection follows two years of rapid progress for Yorkshire. Root has impressed people with his attitude and temperament.

Ravi Bopara has been dropped by England and does not feature in any of the three squads announced (the Performance Programme and the Hong Kong Sixes were also named), paying the price for a miserable run of form in the second half of the summer.

Monty Panesar returns to the England set-up as one of three spinners in the squad alongside Graeme Swann and Samit Patel. Panesar lost his place to Patel for the final Test of last winter in Colombo but a haul of 53 wickets in the championship this summer for Sussex has earned him a recall ahead of Kent's James Tredwell.

Jonny Bairstow will fill the role of reserve wicket-keeper although England have the luxury of a squad of replacements close at hand with the Performance Programme players touring India at the same time as the Test series.

Craig Kieswetter is part of the Performance Programme along with Warwickshire's Varun Chopra and James Taylor, who loses his place after playing the final two Tests of the summer against South Africa.

Squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

England tour itinerary

Oct 25: England squad leaves UK

Oct 26-28: Training at ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai

Oct 29: England squad arrives in India (Mumbai)

Oct 30-Nov 1: Tour match (opponents TBC), Mumbai (CCI)

Nov 3-5: Tour match (opponents TBC), Mumbai (BKC)

Nov 8-11: Tour match (opponents TBC), Ahmedabad (SPS Navrangpura)

Nov 15-19: First Test, Ahmedabad (Motera)

Nov 23-27: Second Test, Mumbai (Wankhede Stadium)

Dec 5-9: Third Test, Kolkata

Dec 13-17: Fourth Test, Nagpur



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