Pietersen back will be big bonus for England, says Anderson
20:39 GMT, 27 October 2012
Kevin Pietersen will be welcomed back into the England Test squad in the small hours of Monday without a backward glance, according to James Anderson, one of those accused by some of conspiring to destroy the maverick batsman's career.
Pietersen, dropped by England for the final Test of the summer series against South Africa after sending provocative texts about captain Andrew Strauss to opposing players, was originally omitted from the squad to tour India.
Together again: Captain Cook (left) and Pietersen
But he has completed a 'reintegration process' in a series of face-to-face meetings with senior players, including Anderson.
Now he is set to fly from London to
Mumbai after playing in the Champions League in South Africa, touching
down at 2.30am, half-an-hour before England fly in from their camp in
Only hours later the four- Test
series will officially be launched by new skipper Alastair Cook, who led
efforts to smooth the passage back for Pietersen, and coach Andy
Flower, who many believe may not have worked so hard had the decision
been entirely his.
Captain and coach are bound to be
bombarded by questions about their latest arrival but Pietersen is
expected to walk straight back into the team for the first match,
against India A at the Brabourne Stadium, starting on Tuesday.
When he does, Anderson believes he
will do so not only with the slate wiped clean but also with the events
that might have brought an end to his England career consigned to
Anderson who, along with Stuart Broad
and Graeme Swann, was accused of upsetting Pietersen by contributing to
the parody Twitter account KP Genius, said: 'The reason for
having the meetings with him in England was to make sure that, when we
did meet up in India, we could just concentrate on the cricket with the
'I won't go into details about what
was said but the intention was to clear the air, for people to get
issues off their chest if they wanted to and for Kevin to get issues off
his chest if he had any with the players.
'We've done that, a line has been
drawn and we move on. This is a tough tour and victory here would be an
achievement on a par with our Ashes win in Australia in 10-11.
'No England team has won a series
here since 1984-85 and India have lost only two series at home in 30
years. The conditions are foreign and there are going to be big
'So having Kevin back is a big
bonus. We need our best players on the field. Kevin is one of our best
players. I'm delighted everything has been sorted out so he can join us
and contribute to regaining the No 1 Test status.'
Anderson's view is more optimistic than that expressed this week by Strauss, who warned the reconciliation will be tough.
Strauss said: 'If, behind the scenes,
things are difficult and resentment is harboured and if KP is not fully
committed to England, there are going to be problems.
'Everyone has to want it to happen
desperately, let bygones be bygones and not have any grudges or
bitterness. Everyone has to move forward for all the right reasons.
That's the question-mark.'