Kevin Pietersen to play in England warm-up match against India 'A'

Last Updated: 30/10/12 7:30am

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Kevin Pietersen (L): will make his England return in Mumbai in the opening tour fixture

Kevin Pietersen (L): will make his England return in Mumbai in the opening tour fixture

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Kevin Pietersen will make his England return against India 'A' when the upcoming tour match gets under way in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Pietersen has not played a competitive fixture for England since August when he was suspended for exchanging text messages with members of the South Africa team.

But, after settling his differences with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Pietersen returns in time to help his country tackle India in a four-Test series, starting in Ahmedabad on November 15.

"Kevin will play tomorrow and bat at four," England team director Andy Flower confirmed after the tourists arrived in Mumbai.

The Surrey batsman, who missed out on participating in the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, was added to the original 16-man touring squad after lengthy conciliatory meetings with the ECB.

He didn't fly in with the rest of the party having been in action for the Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa.

Flower refused to be drawn on Pietersen's contract situation, with the 32-year-old having signed a new deal that only lasts for four months.

"I haven't thought much about the extension of his contract," he said. "We are focusing on playing well in India.

"I don't envisage a problem. I think we can work very well together in the future and we've already started that process."

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