Kevin Pietersen given a rest from England selection as he misses New Zealand ODIs

Last Updated: 23/12/12 6:24pm

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Kevin Pietersen: No New Zealand trip for England batsman... at least until the Test series in March

Kevin Pietersen: No New Zealand trip for England batsman... at least until the Test series in March

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Kevin Pietersen has been rested from the one-day portion of England's tour of New Zealand in February.

Pietersen, who returned to the squad for the recent Test series win in India, has been given some time off as England's selectors look to manage their leading players' work schedule ahead of a busy Ashes summer.

James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann return to the one-day side after missing that portion of the India tour and Stuart Broad is back to lead the Twenty20 side after missing the two-game India series with a heel injury.

Steven Finn returns in the only other change with Joe Root, who received his first T20 cap on Saturday, dropping down to the England Lions squad, which he will captain on a tour of Australia.

Swann is omitted from the T20 squad with Danny Briggs keeping his place alongside Surrey seamers Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker.

The Lions are in Australia for five one-dayers, and there could be as many as six debutants at that level in Reece Topley, Gary Ballance, Varun Chopra, Ben Foakes, Toby Roland-Jones and Chris Wright.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "Following on from the ODI tour to India the tour to New Zealand will require players to adapt to different conditions and will prove a real challenge for the squad as we look to continue the progress we have made in limited overs cricket recently.

Keeping fresh

"There are a number of players who we have decided not to select for parts of the competitive programme this winter as we look to manage their workloads effectively while ensuring we remain competitive across all formats.

"We feel this is the best way of keeping players as physically and mentally fresh as possible during a demanding 2013 and beyond.

"Kevin Pietersen will miss the limited overs tour of New Zealand with Graeme Swann missing the T20 leg of the tour. This approach also provides an opportunity for talented young players to gain more international experience which will be important for their development and the development of England sides in the future.

"The tour of Australia will provide a tough test for this Lions squad and it will present an opportunity for the players to show us that they are capable of representing England at ODI level in the future.

"The vast majority of these players were on the England Performance Programme in India during the end of this year, so we are looking forward to seeing the skills they have developed put into practice during the tour in February 2013.

"Australia is the venue for the 2015 ICC World Cup, along with New Zealand, so we hope this will help us identify potential players that could go on to be a part of the 2015 World Cup squad."

T20 squad: Broad (Nottinghamshire) (Capt), Bairstow (Yorkshire), Bresnan (Yorkshire), Briggs (Hampshire), Buttler (Somerset), Dernbach (Surrey), Finn (Middlesex), Hales (Nottinghamshire), Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Meaker (Surrey), Morgan (Middlesex), Patel (Nottinghamshire), Tredwell (Kent), Wright (Sussex)

ODI squad: Cook (Essex) (Capt), Anderson (Lancashire), Bairstow (Yorkshire), Bell (Warwickshire), Bresnan (Yorkshire), Broad (Nottinghamshire), Buttler (Somerset), Finn (Middlesex), Kieswetter (Somerset), Morgan (Middlesex), Patel (Nottinghamshire), Swann (Nottinghamshire), Tredwell (Kent), Trott (Warwickshire)

England Lions squad: Root (Yorkshire) (Capt), Ballance (Yorkshire), Borthwick (Durham), Briggs (Hampshire), Chopra (Warwickshire), Coles (Kent), Foakes (Essex), Hales (Nottinghamshire), Harris (Middlesex), Kerrigan (Lancashire), Roland-Jones (Middlesex), Stokes (Durham), Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Topley (Essex), Vince (Hampshire), Wright (Warwickshire)

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