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Kevin Pietersen added to England Test squad for tour of India

Kevin Pietersen: Added to the England squad for the tour of India

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Kevin Pietersen has been added to England's Test squad for the forthcoming tour of India, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

Pietersen has met with ECB executives as well as coach Andy Flower and captain Alastair Cook this week, and all parties are satisfied that his inclusion in the team will enhance England's performance.

The controversial batsman has not featured for England since being dropped for the final Test against South Africa last summer after he was alleged to have criticised his team-mates in text messages to opposing players.

But following a series of discussions with ECB management, all parties have insisted that "all outstanding issues have been resolved".

"We are pleased to welcome a player of Kevin's proven international calibre back into the Test squad for such an important Test series. "

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ECB managing director 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."

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 second Test in Mumbai, the team will benefit from having an extra batsman in the squad.

"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."

Are England right to add Kevin Pietersen to the India tour party?

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