England rests Pietersen for ODIs against India

LONDON: England left Kevin Pietersen out of its squad for five one-day internationals against India, giving the batsman a chance to rest after a grueling test schedule.

Pietersen was included in a 13-man squad announced on Friday for Wednesday’s Twenty20 at Old Trafford but was effectively replaced in the 14-man one-day squad by Ben Stokes, who made his debut this week against Ireland.

The Twenty20 squad features two new players in Jos Buttler and Alex Hales.

"We’ve selected an exciting blend of experienced international performers along with some exciting young players with a great deal of talent," national selector Geoff Miller said. "The decision to omit Kevin Pietersen from the one-day squad is in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads and will give the opportunity to another batsmen to test himself batting at No. 4."

England beat India 4-0 in the four-test series that ended this week, and forced a memorable tie when the teams met in this year’s World Cup, which India won as host.

England Twenty20 Squad: Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann.

England One-Day Squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.(AP)


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