Pietersen NOT in England squad to tour India as Root and Compton are handed Test call-ups
11:01 GMT, 18 September 2012
Left out: Pietersen's exile continues
Kevin Pietersen, as expected, has not been selected in England's 16-man squad to travel to India for this winter's four-match Test series.
The star batsman was dropped for the final Test match against South Africa at Lord's last month after sending what he later admitted were 'provocative' text messages to friends in the opposition team regarding former captain Andrew Strauss.
When the announcement of the squad was pushed back last week rumours began to circulate that Pietersen's ongoing talks with head coach Andy Flower and new captain Alastair Cook could lead to a recall, but Tuesday's squad confirms the 32-year-old's international exile will continue for the foreseeable future.
The other big news from the squad announcement are maiden call-ups for Yorkshire opener Joe Root – who is expected to replace Strauss in the starting XI – and Somerset batsman Nick Compton.
ECB Managing Director Hugh Morris
confirmed that there were still issues to be resolved between Pietersen
and the England management before he can be considered for a recall.
Promoted: Root has impressed for England Lions in the past
'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,' said Morris.
'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.'
Root, 21, and Compton, 29, have enjoyed fruitful seasons in domestic cricket – averaging 43.41 and 99 in the County Championship respectively – and national selector Geoff Miller was full of praise for the pair.
'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,' said Miller.
'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.'
There are no places in the squad for middle order batsmen Ravi Bopara and James Taylor with the recalled Eoin Morgan and Compton – grandson of former England batsman Denis – preferred.
ENGLAND TEST SQUAD TO TOUR INDIA
Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell (both Warwickshire), Nick Compton (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wicketkeeper), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Graham Onions (Durham), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Sussex)
Fine form: Morgan has impressed in the shorter formats of the game of late
Spinning all-rounder Samit Patel will
also fight for a middle order spot as well as providing an another spin
option alongside Monty Panesar and first-choice Graeme Swann.
England have selected five seamers in the shape of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan.
The squad jet off to India in late October before the first Test starts in Ahmedabad on November 15. The second Test begins the following week in Mumbai before the series moves on to Kolkata in December and concludes in Nagpur.
A two-match Twenty20 series and a five-match one-day series follow the Tests, but the squads for those will not be announced until later this autumn.
It remains to be seen whether Pietersen will be back in contention by then.
JOE ROOT FACTFILE
1990: Born December 30, Sheffield.
2001: Starts playing for Yorkshire Schools' sides.
2003: Becomes the youngest player to be awarded a scholarship to the Yorkshire cricket academy at the age of 13.
2007: July – Makes his Yorkshire Second XI debut against Derbyshire at Abbeydale Park, in his home city of Sheffield and scores 57.
2009: Makes his Yorkshire debut in the Pro 40 clash against Essex at Headingley, scoring 63 from 95 deliveries to be his side's top-scorer.
October – Named Man of the Series for England Under-19s tour of Bangladesh.
November – Puts pen to paper on a three-year professional contract with Yorkshire.
2010: January – Selected for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, in New Zealand and opened the batting in England's first two group games, making an unbeaten 70 and 25 in successive victories over Hong Kong and Afghanistan.
May – Makes his first class debut for Yorkshire against Loughborough MCCU as an opening batsman, scoring 34 runs in his two innings.
2011: June – Makes his Twenty20 debut for Yorkshire against Warwickshire, scoring seven runs in the middle of the order.
2012: August – Plays for the England Lions against Australia A and makes a total of 100 runs from three innings, including 70 at Old Trafford.
September – Receives a call-up to the England Test squad for the tour of India.
NICK COMPTON FACTFILE
1983: Born 26 June, Durban, South Africa.
Harrow school on a sports scholarship scheme under the guidance of
house-master and Premier League football referee David Elleray.
Joins Middlesex and makes a half century on his
Second XI debut against the Army. Awarded the NBC Denis Compton award,
named after his grandfather, as Middlesex's most promising player.
2002: Awarded the NBC Denis Compton award for the second consecutive year.
his first class debut for Middlesex against Cambridge University after
missing the entire 2003 season due to injury.
his breakthrough into the Middlesex side, making a century in his first
game and going on to score 1,315 runs for the season at an average of
46.96. Wins the NBC Denis Compton award for a third year.
2007: Tours Bangladesh with England A and tops the side's batting averages with 140 runs at 46.66.
to Somerset after limited opportunities at Middlesex.
Scores his first ever double century in first class cricket, 254 not
out against Durham. Goes on to score 1,098 runs at an average of 57.78
and for the season and is awarded his county cap for Somerset.
2012: April – Called up to the England Lions tour of the West Indies.
– Passes the landmark of 1,000 first class runs on 1 June after a day
of rain stopped him from joining an elite band of eight cricketers who
passed the total by the end of May.
September – Finishes the season with a total of 1,494 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 99.60.
Receives a call-up to the England Test squad for the tour of India.