Kevin Pietersen back with England for India tour – Cricket News Roundup – October 19, 2012 – Part 2

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Following a 73-day long exile from the national team, after a prolonged and convoluted tiff with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Kevin Pietersen will finally be donning the national colours again after having made it back into the team
for the upcoming tour of
“We are pleased to welcome a player of Kevin's proven international calibre back into the Test squad for such an important Test series,” read a statement by also commented
on how everyone involved was keen on moving forward, and focusing on putting forth a stellar performance against India.
Pietersen was axed from the England squad after having sent what were alleged to be questionable text messages to the rival South African team during their tour of England. However, following the England team’s failure to defend their title during the
World Twenty20 in, the board resumed talks with the right-hander, going on to eventually grant him a central contract and announce that he would be “reintegrated” into the team. Successful meetings with team management and senior players recently
saw him named in the national squad for the upcoming tour of India, bringing his exile to an end. Aces today, in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, due to be played at
Kingsmead in Durban.
“Keep it simple, focus on our strengths and try and execute a good game plan. And results will take care of themselves,” said Jayawardene. “We need to focus ... we need to keep performing, we have to be consistent and win that.”
A win in today’s match will get the Daredevils one step closer to the tournament semi-finals. The team came third in the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League, and have gone on to emerge as one of the most promising IPL sides in the current CLT20, having
defeated current IPL champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders, by a margin of 52 runs in their first match of the CLT20.
Australia’s star all-rounder for a Test series in November this
“He's definitely mentally and technically ready to go if that opportunity does come for him in that first Test,” said “I certainly think he deserves a chance to be able to take on the South Africans.”
Haddin’s place in Australia’s Test XI has been somewhat unclear since the advent of, after Haddin bowed out owing
to personal reasons. Both wicketkeeper batsmen have registered impressive performances of late, and skipper has admitted he is still undecided on whether to play Wade or Haddin against the Proteas.



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