England losses prompt Pietersen return?
England's recent losses - againt South Africa and in the World Twenty20 - may have pushed the administration to hasten up the reinstatement process for Kevin Pietersen, but what about the team spirit, asks James Lawton in the London Evening Standard.
By reinstating Pietersen, which was always likely the moment the former No1-ranked Test team hit the skids against the fiercely talented — and unified — South Africans and became a no-brainer with the abject separation from their World Twenty20 title, the ECB regain possession of a major and still unspent batting talent.
But then at what cost is Pietersen permitted to smooth away his devastating attack on the concept of a team in a few minutes of cheery reworking of the past.
Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo