Pietersen set for ODI recall
Surrey star set to be included for India trip
Last Updated: 27/09/11 7:34am
Kevin Pietersen: Set for England ODI recall
England name their squad for the limited-overs trip to India later on Tuesday, with Kevin Pietersen expected to get a recall.
They will reveal their travelling party at 2pm, with the main interest surrounding Pietersen's position.
There were rumours following the World Cup that he intended to retire from 50-over cricket - strongly denied by the player, who was nevertheless rested from the home India one-day series, the one-off clash with Ireland and the two Twenty20 fixtures against the West Indies.
There have been suggestions that Pietersen's sabbatical could be extended until 2012, but team director Andy Flower has given no indication that will be the case and, having awarded the batsman a full central contract, it seems unlikely he would be excused again.
With the World Twenty20 taking place in Sri Lanka next September, England will be keen to utilise any practice on slow, turning sub-continental tracks and would want Pietersen in tow unless they considered him dispensable for that event.
Having been man of the tournament when they won the trophy in 2010, that seems an implausible scenario.
Elsewhere in the squad, a handful of experienced heads will be back to bolster the youthful Twenty20 side that capitulated to 88 all out in the second Windies fixture on Sunday.
Captain Alastair Cook and Warwickshire duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are all middle-order mainstays, meaning one or more of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes will not feature.
If England take a 14-man squad, Bairstow would be favourite to edge selection, while a 15-man squad should see room to add Stokes.
Given conditions in India, three spinners will be necessary and Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick is the overwhelming favourite to join Graeme Swann and Samit Patel.
Borthwick bowled four overs, taking one for 15 in an impressive showing on Sunday and the perfectly-executed googly that bowled Johnson Charles will not have escaped the notice of Flower and company.
Stuart Broad is absent with a shoulder injury so Steven Finn should make up the numbers alongside the usual seam options.
Cook, Bell and Trott are not currently part of the plans, meaning a summons for Buttler, should he miss out on the main squad, as well as Alex Hales, whose 62 not out in the first West Indies fixture did enough to justify the selectors' faith in him.
England have five one-day matches against the world champions followed by a solitary Twenty20 match, with the tour getting under way with the first of two warm-up fixtures on October 8.
Possible England squad for India ODI series: A Cook (capt), C Kieswetter (wkt), K Pietersen, I Bell, J Trott, J Bairstow, B Stokes, S Patel, R Bopara, T Bresnan, G Swann, S Borthwick, J Anderson, J Dernbach, S Finn.
Possible England squad for India T20: G Swann (capt), C Kieswetter (wkt), A Hales, K Pietersen, J Bairstow, B Stokes, J Buttler, S Patel, R Bopara, S Patel, T Bresnan, S Borthwick, J Dernbach, S Finn, J Anderson.