LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The cricket selectors of England announced that top order batsman Kevin Pietersen has been added to the Test squad for the forthcoming tour of India.

Pietersen was dropped by the management staff before the start of the third Test against South Africa in August, following reports that he had sent text messages to opposing players criticising his then team captain Andrew Strauss.

However, the ECB, which had initially left the 30-year-old out of its 16 man squad, today announced that hard hitting batsman, who met with coach Andy Flower, skipper Alastair Cook and several senior players and other members in Oxford earlier this week – is all cleared to join the rest of the squad members.

“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,” ECB Managing Director – England Cricket, Hugh Morris said.

“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.”

England will play four Test match against India.

England squad for the four-match Test series against India:

Alastair Cook (Essex, captain); James Anderson (Lancashire); Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire); Ian Bell (Warwickshire); Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire); Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire); Nick Compton (Somerset); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Graham Onions (Durham); Eoin Morgan (Middlesex); Monty Panesar (Sussex); Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire); Kevin Pietersen (Surrey); Matt Prior (Sussex); Joe Root (Yorkshire); Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire); Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)


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