Pietersen left out of Test squad
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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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.
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
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
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.
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
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.