Kevin Pietersen added to England's Test squad for India tour

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 14:45 hrs

Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen was Thursday included in England's Test squad for the upcoming tour of India, bringing an end to his nearly three-month exile in the wake of the text message scandal.

The 32-year-old Pietersen's surprise inclusion in the team for the tour of India was announced by the England selectors Thursday after a series of meeting the star batsman had with senior players earlier this week.

The decision was made after Kevin Pietersen met with Andy Flower, Alastair Cook and a number of other senior players and members of England team management in Oxford.

ECB Managing Director England Cricket, Hugh Morris said: "We were keen that Kevin should hold a series of face-to-face meetings with team management and senior players before the Test squad departs for the UAE and India next week.

"The meetings were constructive and cordial and all outstanding issues have been resolved. 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," he was quoted as saying in an ECB release.

ECB National Selector Geoff Miller added "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 2nd 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."

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