January 10, 2013
England have announced that Kevin Pietersen has signed a full central contract meaning his reintegration with the team is complete.
The 32 year-olds England career was in some doubt after he was dropped from the side for sending provocative texts to South African players during a Test series in August.
Pietersen was not originally picked in the touring party of India but was given a reprieve, and was awarded a four month contract where he was to be reintegrated into the side.
In the second Test in Mumbai, Pietersen scored a breath-taking 186 to help England secure victory, and England went on to win what was a historic Test series.
Pietersen has now made himself available in all forms of the game after initially retiring from limited overs. The Surrey batsman had wanted to continue playing Twenty20 cricket for England but the ECB told the player that he must be available in both forms of limited over cricket, or not at all.
Pietersen is currently out in India preparing for England’s five match ODI series where they will be hoping to replicate the success of the Test series. Pietersen has been rested by England for their upcoming one-day series against New Zealand in the hope of managing the work load of England’s best players.
The Scoop 10/01/13