Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Pietersen and Swann omitted from T20 squad

Pietersen and G Swann not included in T20 squad against India:

England will use the T20 and ODI series against India either side of Christmas to rotate their squad.

Graeme Swann has been omitted from both squads while Steven Finn will only take part in the ODIs in January. Kevin Pietersen is back in England's ODI squad but he will also miss the T20s.

Stuart Meaker could be in line for a T20 debut, as the only player uncapped in T20s in the 13-man squad which doesn't include a specialist wicketkeeper. Jonny Baristow, who kept in England's World T20 defeat to Sri Lanka in Pallekele, will take the gloves again.

Bairstow replaced Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps after a poor run of scores but Kieswetter retains his place in the 15-man ODI squad which shows further signs of England's desire to protect the workload of their players ahead of back-to-back Ashes series.

"We are constantly looking to manage the workload of players as effectively as possible and this winter is no different," national selector Geoff Miller said. "So there are number of players who are being rested for parts of the winter programme to enable them to take part in fitness and conditioning programmes in preparation for a busy 2013.

"We know that playing limited overs cricket in India can be challenging but the T20 and ODI series provide an excellent opportunity for these players to show that they have learnt valuable lessons from the last ODI series against India and improved as players in subcontinent conditions."

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