Kevin Pietersen

England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen was included in the England squad for India tour after being kept out of the team by the selectors due to a text row PTI

Ahmedabad: Nov 8, 2012

England star batsman Kevin Pietersen, who returns to the squad after being out of action following a ‘text message row is training hard at Motera ahead of the Test series against India, starting November 15.

Pietersen had a practice session along with spinners Samit Patel and Monty Panesar, which was closely watched by England s bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed.

England s main challenge would be tackling Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in the tour. Pietersen, who is known for his aggressive batting, was seen attacking both the spinners by stepping out of the crease frequently.

Batting coach Graham Gooch too watched Pietersen sweat it out at the nets and he along with Mushtaq shared a few notes with the batsman.

According to a report in DNA, Pietersen also had a batting session against pacer Stuart Meaker, who has been called in as a cover for the injured Steven Finn. The batsman also had a throw-down session with the coach Any Flower.

Pietersen, who makes a comeback to the team after missing the final Test against South Africa in the home Test series following the ‘text row , will be eager to some valuable runs for the team. England will expect him to fire in the upcoming series to win the series after a gap of nearly 28 years.