ICC World Twenty20 August 21, 2012

Pietersen misses World T20; Wright, Lumb recalled


Kevin Pietersen's absence from international cricket continues after he was left out of England's squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka as well as the group for the one-day series against South Africa.

Michael Lumb, the Nottinghamshire opener, and Sussex allrounder Luke Wright, who were both part of the team that won the title in 2010, are recalled in the 15-man squad. Ravi Bopara, whose summer has been interrupted by personal problems, secures a place in both the T20 and one-day squads.

Stuart Broad, who captains England in Twenty20, has been rested from the one-day series against South Africa with the selectors feeling he will benefit from a break before leading the side next month. James Anderson, Broad's new-ball partner in Tests, does make the squad while Danny Briggs is the second specialist spinner.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "Stuart Broad has an important period coming up leading our T20 side and with a three match series followed closely by the ICC World T20 we feel a two week break from cricket is in the best interests of both Stuart and the team.

"Kevin Pietersen's future involvement is still being determined and he was therefore not considered for selection in either squad."

Pietersen's omission was expected following the controversial last few weeks which included being dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord's. Although he apologised to the ECB for 'provocative' texts he sent to South African players during the Headingley Test the board have indicated there will not be any swift conclusion and return for Pietersen.

Andy Flower, the England team director, said: "It's a sad situation for everyone involved. He played superb in the last Twenty20 World Cup but the circumstances at the moment mean he can't be selected," he told Sky Sports News. "There are still issues unresolved and we will be addressing those when we have time.

"Let me be clear, this is not just an issue between the captain and Kevin. There are deeper issues, certainly of trust and mutual respect that need to be addressed. Those issues have to be resolved before there is anyway forward."

Pietersen was Man of the Tournament in the Caribbean when England won their first global trophy, but in June retired from limited-overs internationals after deciding to quit 50-over cricket which made him unavailable for Twenty20 under the terms of the central contracts. However, following the Headingley Test against South Africa he had a u-turn and via a video on YouTube made himself available for all international cricket before, the next day, being left out of the Test side.

Most of the players selected have been part of England's Twenty20 cricket this year, but Wright and Lumb both last played in June 2011 against Sri Lanka at Bristol. The pair enjoyed impressive Friends Life t20 seasons with Wright making 309 runs at a strike-rate of 161.78 while Lumb made 252 runs in eight matches. Wright also struck a 44-ball hundred during the Big Bash League in Australia.

Lumb formed England's opening partnership alongside Craig Kieswetter during the 2010 tournament in West Indies but his career took a slump, not helped by injury, following that event before his move to Nottinghamshire sparked a revival this season.

The same 15-man squad will face South Africa in three matches next month. England begin the defense of their title against Afghanistan on September 21.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on August 24, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @ATIMAYANK on (August 23 2012, 23:16 PM GMT) Listen , I'm not saying we'll win the WC or anything , just that we're not as bad without KP as you make out

  • mayank on August 23, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    @JG2704 England won matches against WI and Australia in conditions that favored england. NOT in the subcontinent. Just recently they were drubbed 5-0 in India. These batters cant play in SL conditions and have no realistic chance there. You gotta have KP on board to have some confidence in the middle order. Name one reliable batsman in that side. These are club cricketers you have picked. And not even Matt Prior? They can reach super 8 at max (The Afganistan beating Eng post was a sarcastic comment incase you dint get it). And surely this english side cant beat a full strength WI. See you at world t20

  • John on August 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @ATIMAYANK on (August 23 2012, 00:47 AM GMT) Thankyou for sharing your depth of knowledge with us. Re England without KP (and I know it's a different format and in a different country) but many commentors on here said similar things about England when they played WI in T20/ODIs and (then world number 1 in ODIs) Australia at home and we won every single match we played. I know Australia are better than they showed and WI T20 ranking isn't too great but you're saying we're a club side without KP? Pretty decent club if that'sthe case.

  • John on August 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (August 22 2012, 05:46 AM GMT) Got to be honest. Although I often disagree with your posts - and you do often seem to change your views - I do kind of enjoy them

  • mayank on August 23, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    With this side I doubt if England can even beat the spirited Afgans. It looks more of a club side without KP. Super 8 India,Afg,Aus,WI,SA,SL,Pak,Ban (NZ need to play at their 110% to be in top 8, Eng are a club side).

  • Randolph on August 22, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Great to see another Saffer in the team. Well done 'England'

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    The IPL is the pinacle of the T20 game, but it must be recognised that the Indian fans on here don't realise the quality in the England side because their county and iinternational commitments means they can't play, or because the English T20 cup is not highly regarded. Alex Hales scored 99 against the full strength Windies in T20, Johnny Bairstow is an incredible talent, Bopara is becoming a very, very good T20 player. Lumb and Morgan have got the power to accelerate an innings, and Broad, Swan, Bresnan are crafty stranglers.

    I predict last 8:

    England, Afg, Ireland, Windies, SL, SA, Pak, NZ

  • Peter on August 22, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    In absence of KP, England team is now a big atom without nucleus at its centre. Waiting to see their performance against Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, .....

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    How did Matt Prior not make the squad?! Much better player than Kieswetter. He's had a teriffic FLT20 season, loads of runs and a SR around 180, even Foste'rs been better than Kieswetter. Keep packing the side with mediocre safas. Don't even get me started on Dernbach!

  • A on August 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Balaji - your point is accurate and well made. However, you are in the minority as an Indian fan posting on here it would sadly seem. It is obvious to anyone with 2 eyes that most of the indian 'fans' hijacking the England threads still haven't got over their 8-0 humiliation last Summer and seek any excuse to berate Eng in some weird exercise at ego salvaging. It leads to all sorts of tripe such as "Pietersen is the only Eng player good enough to make it into the IPL" when fringe Eng players (i.e. not good enough to be awarded a central contract) like Shah, or Mascarenas were playing. They don't understand that central contracted Eng players CANNOT commit to the IPL because their schedule doesnt permit. This is one tenet of the KP Vs Eng problem. The IPL is a side show to the true cricket fan that threatens test cricket. It is shallow and souless. I couldn't care less when it's on the TV. I don't even know the names of the teams. That's not sour grapes I'm just a real cricket lover.

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