India v England: Kevin Pietersen returns to one-day squad
India v England: Kevin Pietersen is named in the tourists' one-day squad for the five-match series which starts on 11 January
Kevin Pietersen has been included in England’s one-day international squad for the five-match series against India in January but will be rested for next month’s Twenty20 matches.
The 32-year-old had announced his retirement from limited-overs cricket just six months ago, but the batsman returns after undergoing his “re-integration” back into the England set-up.
Pietersen, whose 186 helped England to a second Test victory in Mumbai, is joined in the squad by Danny Briggs, Eoin Morgan, James Tredwell, Stuart Broad and James Anderson, all of whom were absent from the most recent ODI tour of India in 2011.
England bowler Broad will captain the T20 side for a two-match series, with Surrey pace bowler Stuart Meaker the only debutant in the 13-man squad.
The ODI series begins on 11 January in Rajkot, and national selector Geoff Miller hopes England’s limited-overs squad can show an improvement from last year.
“We know that playing limited overs cricket in India can be challenging but the T20 and ODI series provide an excellent opportunity for these players to show that they have learnt valuable lessons from the last ODI series against India and improved as players in subcontinent conditions,” said Miller.
“We have selected squads containing experienced international players alongside younger players who have impressed playing for England Lions and the England Performance Programme recently and who deserve an opportunity to establish themselves in the England side.
“We are constantly looking to manage the workload of players as effectively as possible and this winter is no different so there are number of players who are being rested for parts of the winter programme.
“This will enable them to take part in fitness and conditioning programmes in preparation for a busy 2013.”