Updated: 19/09/2012 19:05 | By pa.press.net

Pietersen left out of Test squad



Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for England's tour of India

Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for England's tour of India

Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the tour of India but two uncapped batsmen, Somerset's Nick Compton and Yorkshire's Joe Root, have won places.

England cricket managing director Hugh Morris said there are still issues to be resolved over the text message dispute that saw 32-year-old Pietersen omitted from the last Test against South Africa.

Pietersen's omission opens the way for Compton, the 29-year-old grandson of Denis, who was the top English batsman in the County Championship last season with an average of 99. Root, 21, opened the batting for Yorkshire, averaging 43.41, and could fill the gap left by the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has lost his place in the 16-man Test squad, which is being captained by Alastair Cook, after a poor run of form in the second half of the season.

Pietersen could yet return to the England set-up next year but the fall-out from his text messages about former captain Strauss with members of the South Africa team during the summer continues to be a problem.

Morris said: "Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which led to his omission from the final Investec Test match against South Africa. These discussions remain private and confidential and as there are issues still to be resolved, Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour."

The squad includes three spin bowlers for the four-Test tour to the sub-continent - Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

Speaking about the uncapped batsmen, national selector Geoff Miller said: "Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in county cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level.

"Joe Root is a player who has been successful at every level from county cricket through to EPP and England Lions, and he deserves this opportunity to step up to the next level and press his case for a place in the Test side."

The selectors have also named a 17-strong England Performance Programme squad which will undertake a month-long tour of India from mid-November and a seven-strong squad for next month's Hong Kong Sixes tournament which will be captained by Leicestershire batsman Josh Cobb.

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18/09/2012 12:58
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Have to agree he is a very self centred and arrogant man. Yes a great batsman. But has burnt his bridges, I fear, regards England and will be a time before, if ever he is chosen again.

18/09/2012 15:15
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Hes been a pain in the arse for years - never a team player and always full of himself.

Have a load of SA mates and never heard one of them say a good word for Pieterson, they dont even want him back in SA.

Pieterson has finally learned the England is so much bigger than him      

18/09/2012 14:24
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I would sooner England lose with a squad of young lads making there debut,than a squad containing a player who constantly seems to bring the dressing room into disripute.Well done Jeff Miller and Co for having the balls to follow this through..... !!!

 

A Very Proud 100% Englishman

18/09/2012 13:17
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Congrats to the England selectors for taking the chance to blood a couple more youngsters, especially Compton. It's vital that the team continues to develop as a cohesive unit. Thanks Kevin for the memories mate, but this was all your own doing. If you're a real man you'll set about making up for what you did and working hard to prove that you're an England player for the future.

18/09/2012 13:55
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Kevin was never a team player and everyone knew it and even stated it. Everything is about him and I think everyone now know that his ego stinks. Its time England dropped him and open the door to some fresh talented hungry youngsters. As for Cookers filling in a skipper I have my doubts again. I do not think he is ready and right now is England's best batsman in the test arena. I see the tour of India popping a few obstacles which will add to England's downfall as Cookers will be under pressure to perform with the bat as well as guiding the team of inexperienced youngsters especially in the subcontinent where wickets turn a lot. Good luck to England as they will so need it. 
18/09/2012 14:36
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Good I hope he never plays again give some young english players a chance.

18/09/2012 16:05
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Great Cricketer and has always done well for England (country of his choice not birth) .

But how can you trust some one who has conspired against you ........... even if it was in jest

18/09/2012 16:19
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Well, he's certainly fell on his sword, that's for sure. Probably no way back, and maybe a lesson that prem footballers should take note of.
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yes he is a great player but come on, he is south african!!!!!!!
18/09/2012 16:40
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While he is a very good batsman he has brought unrest to the changing room on several occasions. He has gone too far this time to make hisway back into the team. I do think the decision to omit him from the test side is the correct one. We have young players who deserve a chance to show their skills.
18/09/2012 16:00
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kp committed suicide he is so far up his own arse not fit to play a team plus its the old school tie job same as the football if you dont bend down 
18/09/2012 16:57
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Remeber he'd already opted out of the one day game , then tried to opt back in when he realised it was going to affect his test selection chances.

I'm  certain he'd be cold shouldered in the dressing room and rightly so.

Forget about the man , move on .

 

And I would never use the term "great batsman" to describe him he's not fit to lace the boots of dozens of truly greats before him and it's an insult to their geatness.

18/09/2012 16:29
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They say there is a thin line between arrogance and confidence, well Pieterson is definately on the arrogance side of the line, he should come back down to earth and realise that Cricket is a "Team" sport where everyone is equal.  He deserves to be left out, "P***k"
18/09/2012 16:57
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Well done to the England selectors KP is a total knobend and I say this as a South African he should never be aloud back in the side or any side because he will always be trouble, I knew some of his cousins and yup it runs in the blood they are just as arrogant as him, bunch of ****!!!!!!!!!
18/09/2012 18:31
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This is great news for English cricket. I hope Dernbach ,Kieswetter and Morgan are next, as a previous poster said let's bring on the new English born players.
19/09/2012 16:55
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I think we have all moved on from the days of Ted Dexter, et,al, Legend.
19/09/2012 15:23
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typical of the england snobbish selectors,we will not pick the best because he called us names,they are the ones who should be expelled.
18/09/2012 16:52
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Well let's face it England is not rank number 1 any more so it really does not make and difference and as from the rest of the cricket playing world thank you for leaving him out now you are useless again well done. Ps Stats **** stats   maybe you want to take a look again.....>>>Pleas do not misunderstand me i hate the **** But He happens to be good and you are fools for not letting him play because of his **** antics   
18/09/2012 16:22
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typical of england selection  lets shoot ourselves in the foot.ware totally mad.
18/09/2012 13:11
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just hate the fact that Kevin won't be part of it! There is always excitement in the air when he comes to the crease and, I am afraid, England and the many fans, will miss out because of this
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