Resting players is crucial for England success, says National selector Geoff Miller
Last Updated: December 24, 2012 9:37am
Kevin Pietersen can put his feet up during February
Resting players is crucial for England succeeding with increasingly congested fixture schedules, says national selector Geoff Miller.
Kevin Pietersen was the headline name left out of the one-day and Twenty20 tour of New Zealand in February when the squad was named at the weekend.
England's immediate concern is five one-day matches in India in January, before heading Down Under. They have a seven-week break and then welcome the Kiwis back in May, followed by the Ashes against Australia starting in July.
"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," Miller said.
"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."
Pietersen faces a hectic 18-month schedule, with England playing 15 Tests - including home and away Ashes series - a one day tour to the West Indies on top of the India and New Zealand series, the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Added to that is the Indian Premier League, which starts in April.
With Pietersen absent, James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Swann have returned to the 14-man one-day squad after being rested for the India series.
England's three-match ODI series begins on 17 February in Hamilton.