England in India 2012-13 October 29, 2012

Pietersen to make England return

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Kevin Pietersen is set to return to England duty for the first time since August in the opening match of their tour of India.

Pietersen has not played for England since the second Test against South Africa at Headingley but is back to bat at No. 4 against India A in a three-day match in Mumbai, for which Stuart Broad was named vice-captain, a role he will fulfill throughout the tour.

Pietersen's inclusion suggests the reintegration process, put in place to aid his return to the England squad, has been successful. His return follows a 73-day stand-off with the ECB and being initially left out of the India touring party before he signed a four-month central contract and was added to the squad. Now Andy Flower, the England team director, sees no reason why Pietersen shouldn't get his full central contract in due course.

"I hadn't actually thought much about the extension of his contract," Flower said upon arrival in India. "We are focussing on playing well in India. But I don't envisage a problem, I think we can work very well in the future and we have already started that process. We have had some great success and great times over the last few years, and I don't see a problem in the future."

A majority of England's first interaction with the media in India understandably centred around Pietersen. He fell out with the England team during the South Africa series and was dropped for the third Test at Lord's. He has not played for England since and used a YouTube video to state his availability for all forms of international cricket, renouncing his previous retirement from the 50-over format.

Pietersen's return to the England squad required a reintegration process. He interrupted his stay in South Africa for the Champions League T20 to fly back to Britain for meetings with Flower, captain Alastair Cook and other senior players and now Flower is confident the team and Pietersen will be able to put behind them whatever differences they had.

"Whatever label you want to put on it, Kevin is coming back into the team after a few problems that we had in our side," Flower said. "I am confident that we will work well together from now on."

Flower was positive that Pietersen will be back to his best. "It takes a little while to get back into your rhythm and top form but he is an amazing cricketer," Flower said. "Playing T20 cricket, the first few innings he had, he must have been a tad rusty, but he scored a good fifty in the semi-final. With a couple of knocks in the tour games for the Test matches I am sure he will be fine."

Asked if this might be the last chance for Pietersen, who has had a chequered history with the establishment, Flower said, "I don't think of it in those terms at all. I am looking forward to him being involved. I had a long chat with him this morning. We have had a number of chats on the phone and of course he flew back to England just recently. I think we will work well together."

Alastair Cook, captaining the Test side for the first time, said he couldn't wait to have Pietersen back in the side. "We all landed here quite early in this morning, around 5am, so it has been a day of recovery," he said. "We have seen Kev, he is desperate to get going and we are desperate to have him back in the team. As I have always said it is great to have world-class players in our team, and if we play the standard of cricket we know we are capable of we got to have our best players to do that."

Cook said Pietersen's experience in the subcontinent will be great for the side. "As I said it is great to have Kev back and like any batter in the team, he is there to score runs and off the field to pass some of the experience he has got to the rest of the lads," he said. "He has played a huge amount of cricket now - 90 Test matches - and a lot of cricket in the subcontinent as well in the IPL. That experience will be invaluable for us to get used to these conditions as quick as we can."

Pietersen's return at No. 4 means England are likely to open the batting with Nick Compton alongside Cook. There was a possibility that Pietersen might bat at No. 3 with Jonathan Trott opening the innings, but it seems Cook will have to manage the opening task with an inexperienced partner in Compton. At any rate, it will be a little surreal for Cook to walk out with Andrew Strauss not by his side.

"That is one of the biggest changes," Cook said. "It will be strange walking out to bat for England without Andrew Strauss. It was a pleasure to bat with him and it was great knowing such a familiar face down the other end. We are friends off the cricket field, and I think that showed in our relationship when we were batting in the middle.

"It is a shame that it will never happen again but it is a great opportunity for someone else to come and open the batting for England. I made my debut six-and-a-half years ago in India, and it is a great place to open the batting and it is a great opportunity for someone to stick their hands up and make the opening place theirs. There is no better place to bat than opening for England."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 31, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (October 31 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) Mate - be as disrespectful as you like to our selectors. When I first read the post I thought you said your selections and not your selectors. Basically , apart from Jimmy and Swann I wouldn't say anyone should be nailed on for a place although Broad (who is probably my favourite player but I try not to let bias get in the way) will almost certainly be nailed on even if he might not be the best option. As with the batsmen there seems to be a pecking order which they'll rarely change. They dropped Swann for a test but I'd say it was more of a rest due to his injury concerns. My 5 would prob be Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions and Monty. Definitely the latter 4 and at the moment Bres just edges Broad for me but that could change.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | October 31, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @JG2704... Wasn't being disrespectfall to Eng selectors - I am much tougher on our Oz selectors :)

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | October 31, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @JG2704... I am often confused by your selectors in regards to Monty/Onions - I know you can't have everyone but there have been times when Broad, Bresnan haven't been in form... I feel that Broad gets 'free passage' into the team when he or conditions do not warrant it... Re: my "Your are on the money" comment, it was the Strauss/KP comment - about as close to what actually happened as we'll likely to hear...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @NickeyT on (October 30 2012, 11:14 AM GMT) I'd actually try to get Onions and Monty in the side. Monty was great in UAE and was harshly dropped IMO after the 1st SL test and Onions has been the most consistent English bowler in the domestic game for about a decade now. I'd have a 5 man attack for sure and I think right now it would be Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions,Monty . I'd say Jimmy and Swann should be the only 2 who are nailed on for a place but it seems Broad is too. As for Woakes - it seems England don't like him for some reason , even in the ODIs/T20s when you look at the multiple opportunities Jade has had... On form/averages from the last season you'd think he'd be good enough to be considered as a batsman even if he didn't bowl. I think he was omitted from the recent A/Performance squad which was really baffling

  • POSTED BY NickeyT on | October 30, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @landl47 : Bresnan seems to be doing pretty good against India A. He got 3 wickets. It's going to be difficult to drop him for Finn. I know Finn is a great bowler, but he really has a hard time finding his place in the team. I think the main issue is to choose between Finn & Patel. A great bowler or an OK-spinner who can bat... Or just a batsman ? I still continue thinking Chris Woakes would be the perfect man !

  • POSTED BY athem79 on | October 30, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Nice to see Yuvi scoring. But there were few more surprises which included MTiwary, IPathan and AMukund. Selectors seriously have to do some serious thinking for one spot i.e. sixth batsmen and the key contenders would be Yuvi / MTiwary / SRaina. Hope the current selectors respect their own decision and not MSD's decision on who would be in the squad. . . If I had to take a decision . . SRaina is not even worth thinking. Tough fight between Yuvi and MTiwari. But Yuvi has an edge as he scored a double century in a recently concluded first class match.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | October 30, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    KARIMJAVED-Who cares , we are more than enough , one billion people support metters , more over we are also eagerly waiting u r SA tour

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Hansaka Lakshamana: nice joke mate. When is the last series India lost in ur land???????????????????????

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | October 30, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot_lunge on (October 30 2012, 08:52 AM GMT) LOL LOL LOL. @Front-Foot_lunge - you are INDIA FAN... And as an India fan @Front-Foot_lunge that feeling of dread you describe is the one that proceeded every India loss and I can tell you, over the last year, there were plenty of those.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 30, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    How is broad vice cap? he doesn't appear to be playing from the score sheet i'm looking at...?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 31, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (October 31 2012, 12:39 PM GMT) Mate - be as disrespectful as you like to our selectors. When I first read the post I thought you said your selections and not your selectors. Basically , apart from Jimmy and Swann I wouldn't say anyone should be nailed on for a place although Broad (who is probably my favourite player but I try not to let bias get in the way) will almost certainly be nailed on even if he might not be the best option. As with the batsmen there seems to be a pecking order which they'll rarely change. They dropped Swann for a test but I'd say it was more of a rest due to his injury concerns. My 5 would prob be Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions and Monty. Definitely the latter 4 and at the moment Bres just edges Broad for me but that could change.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | October 31, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    @JG2704... Wasn't being disrespectfall to Eng selectors - I am much tougher on our Oz selectors :)

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | October 31, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @JG2704... I am often confused by your selectors in regards to Monty/Onions - I know you can't have everyone but there have been times when Broad, Bresnan haven't been in form... I feel that Broad gets 'free passage' into the team when he or conditions do not warrant it... Re: my "Your are on the money" comment, it was the Strauss/KP comment - about as close to what actually happened as we'll likely to hear...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @NickeyT on (October 30 2012, 11:14 AM GMT) I'd actually try to get Onions and Monty in the side. Monty was great in UAE and was harshly dropped IMO after the 1st SL test and Onions has been the most consistent English bowler in the domestic game for about a decade now. I'd have a 5 man attack for sure and I think right now it would be Bres,Swann,Jimmy,Onions,Monty . I'd say Jimmy and Swann should be the only 2 who are nailed on for a place but it seems Broad is too. As for Woakes - it seems England don't like him for some reason , even in the ODIs/T20s when you look at the multiple opportunities Jade has had... On form/averages from the last season you'd think he'd be good enough to be considered as a batsman even if he didn't bowl. I think he was omitted from the recent A/Performance squad which was really baffling

  • POSTED BY NickeyT on | October 30, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @landl47 : Bresnan seems to be doing pretty good against India A. He got 3 wickets. It's going to be difficult to drop him for Finn. I know Finn is a great bowler, but he really has a hard time finding his place in the team. I think the main issue is to choose between Finn & Patel. A great bowler or an OK-spinner who can bat... Or just a batsman ? I still continue thinking Chris Woakes would be the perfect man !

  • POSTED BY athem79 on | October 30, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Nice to see Yuvi scoring. But there were few more surprises which included MTiwary, IPathan and AMukund. Selectors seriously have to do some serious thinking for one spot i.e. sixth batsmen and the key contenders would be Yuvi / MTiwary / SRaina. Hope the current selectors respect their own decision and not MSD's decision on who would be in the squad. . . If I had to take a decision . . SRaina is not even worth thinking. Tough fight between Yuvi and MTiwari. But Yuvi has an edge as he scored a double century in a recently concluded first class match.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | October 30, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    KARIMJAVED-Who cares , we are more than enough , one billion people support metters , more over we are also eagerly waiting u r SA tour

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Hansaka Lakshamana: nice joke mate. When is the last series India lost in ur land???????????????????????

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | October 30, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot_lunge on (October 30 2012, 08:52 AM GMT) LOL LOL LOL. @Front-Foot_lunge - you are INDIA FAN... And as an India fan @Front-Foot_lunge that feeling of dread you describe is the one that proceeded every India loss and I can tell you, over the last year, there were plenty of those.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 30, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    How is broad vice cap? he doesn't appear to be playing from the score sheet i'm looking at...?

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot_lunge on | October 30, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    With Finn injured, we get to see how thin our much vaunted 'bench strength' is. It wasn't long ago were were parading all the bowlers lining up for test selection? But where are they now? I actually though my England would perform OK in this series, optimistic for a draw, but now I have that feeling of dread that proceeds every England loss and I can tell you, over the last year, there have been many feelings of dread.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    this will be a huge test of cricket for indians, since they barely perform only in IPL ,the test with this good cricketing side will be huge....they first need to find 11 players who can play test,then create some 90 degrees turning pitches (without a single grass) and with good batting, indians will be able to draw atleast one test match....i bet indians will loose 0-3 in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @CricketFanIndUS on (October 30 2012, 00:50 AM GMT) Nice to have an Indian fan showing respect , however I can't really see how we are taking this tour any more or any less seriously than the UAE tour where we failed so miserably and the players made all the right noises then too. Not sure how much of it is technique and how much of it is mental.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | October 30, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    @Azi_Lion Another frustrated fan of a loser cricketing nation.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @Kohli_DaBest - it was the Indian management that only scheduled one warm up game, not the ECB. You did get a practice match, Somerset gave you a very hard time on the best batting wicket in the UK......

  • POSTED BY Azi_Lion on | October 30, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    KP will play or not....whatever indian minnows gonna loose it all

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 30, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I'm pleased to see Compton getting a chance. He's an experienced cricketer and won't be thrown off track by the different weather, pitch and crowd that he will encounter in India. Whether he's test class as a batsman remains to be seen. With him opening, I'd play Patel at #7, after Prior, to back up Swann, plus Anderson, Broad and Finn as the three quicks. That looks to be a pretty well balanced side. Bairstow and Root, the two youngsters, really need more experience, Bresnan and Onions are there to back up the front-line bowlers and Panesar can step in if Swann has injury problems. The warm-up games won't tell us much, so the side should just concentrate on getting the feel of conditions. It'll be great to see real cricket again after 2 months of kiddie cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ross_Co on | October 30, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Is Pietersen playing for 'England' or India in this series?

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    KP was always going to make this tour because the obvious truth is, the pummies know they'll be fabulously trashed in india, and much worse so, without KP. What a sorry lot to be rated as number 1.

  • POSTED BY solankibhavesh on | October 30, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Kevin pietersen is one of the good cricketer of Eng side and he has good experience of subcontinent pitches and also he had good IPL season in India so It will be good for ENG but not good sign for Indian team. England team are very seriou about this series and every team mat of england is talked about the series and how seriou they are but whts about indian team wheather they are thinking about or not

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Charlie101, I agree totally with your comments. I cannot believe that Flower has selected Stuart Broad as Vice Captain. His captaining skills in the T 20 games were certainly lacking, his temper was not under control and he criticised players on the field if they made errors.There are better ways of captaining, Stuart. Why Prior wasn't selected I really don't know. He has man management skills, has proved himself in the dressing room while Stuart was creating mayhem and knows his game. I'm sure Cookie would have had it a lot easier with Mattie. A polically correct decision maybe ????

  • POSTED BY CricketFanIndUS on | October 30, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    I am impressed with all the care England is taking for the upcoming series. Compare that to what our team and administrators did before touring England last year There is a huge difference. You can just tell from all the player interviews (from England) how seriously they are taking this series. This will be a very interesting series. England play good test cricket and have been doing a lot of that in the recent past. Player focus, determination, fitness levels, hunger for success and mental energy are all important in the outcome of a test series, not just cricketing skills. I hope India discover new talent, fight hard and make it a memorable series. The Indian players will need to score big, with double or triple century partnerships and monster individual innings. These were sorely missed in the last tour in England. Can't wait for the test series to start.

  • POSTED BY DomP on | October 29, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    I think Trot seems a level-headed type of character.. more so than Prior. Does Trott have any leadership qualities?

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | October 29, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Charlie101 - not sure that we can say that Broad was 'certainly' part of anything. The role of the supposed clique was greatly exaggerated IMHO. Prior is a good call though.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    @maximum6 on (October 29 2012, 20:38 PM GMT) I'm not sure about generalising the bowler/bowling all rounders being captains. India and Pakistan had very Kapil Dev and Imran who I think both won world cups. I don't think Broad is the best player to be a captain esp in shorter forms because he is the type of guy who when off form will try and make up for poor overs rather than bowl someone who is bowling better. Prior , I'd say is a good shout as he seems to get on with everyone , has the respect of everyone and is a permenant fixture who is in every England fans test side.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 29, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Re vice captaincy I would have had Prior myself.I do not think bowling all rounders after Beefy and Freddie should really get the job-they're far too much players in the broadest sense of the word. re opener- Compton seems to fit the bill. otherwise why is he there and he is good age to open in a environment. re playing 3 warm ups- Why not give your side the best chance of winning? People treat tours these days like they were rapid visits instead of doing the full thing. I used to like the old Australian tours. Epic.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | October 29, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I am often fustrated over the selection of players in each format for both Pakistan and India. I personally believe that this is the best XI for India: 1.) Rahane 2.) Sehwag 3.) Kohli 4.) Pujara 5.) Tiwary 6.) Yuvraj 7.) Dhoni 8.) Irfan 9.) Ashwin 10.) Zaheer 11.) Ojha England struggle with spin, Yuvraj is an excellent but underrated bowler, so him and Ashwin are good partners along with Ojha. Tendulkar gets out to pace nowadays so young talent is the way forward.

  • POSTED BY allblue on | October 29, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    That is such a terrible picture of KP and Clarke! which presumably is why you keep using it! A slight correction, Cook has captained the Test side twice before, on the tour to Bangla when Strauss was rested, although this will of course be his first as full-time skipper. It makes sense to open with Compton, he's ready and if he's ever gong to play now's the time. He will look to get his head down and bat long which is how Cook likes to play. Strauss had to up his natural tempo when Cook replaced Trescothick, I wonder if Cook will look to do the same now because it will be pretty slow up top if he doesn't.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | October 29, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    @Karim Javed Why comment on it then?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Kevin pietersen will be handy in chasing target to avoid follow on :)

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | October 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I am shocked that Broad is considered as VC because he was certainly part of the KP dressing room problem together with Swann and Anderson. Matt Prior tried hard to reconcile the stand off and I think he would have made a very good VC . I rate Broad as a player but part of being captain or vice captain is sorting out relationships in the team rather than causing problems . We have to be united to have a hope of beating India in India and I am not sure having Broad as VC will help the unity . I hope I am wrong and the extra reponsibility will help the situation .

  • POSTED BY subbass on | October 29, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @ NickeyT - I like the look of that team, Woakes does have a very impressive record in County cricket. But I think Finn has to be in any England side also, so I would swap Bresnan for Finn. But yes Woakes will surely not have to wait too much longer for a Test call up if he keeps up his County form with bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY Kohli_DaBest on | October 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    why 3 practice matches given for england? we didnt get any practice match when we went there. pathetic. now when first test comes they will be very familiar with conditions here.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @SoulTaker: Sadly, Dhoni will give a 'come back king' Yuvi or Raina the opportunity. Poor Tiwary and Rahane will have to warm the benches yet again. I honestly CAN'T see how India are going to thrash England by any margin come November 15. Our bowling is hapless, our batting from 1 to 6 is shaky without Dravid and VVS. If I were an Indian team player, I would be the quietest person on the Earth. It's frustrating to see these guys mouth off in front of the press even before setting foot on the field. It's all about a strip of 22 yards isn't it ? Jeez, here I was thinking test cricket is about skills !!#@

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | October 29, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    too much emphasis on KP looks England is playing only with 1 man and rest are hoping and praying that KP succeed

  • POSTED BY SoulTaker on | October 29, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Mark my words guys...Dhoni will give either give Yuvraj and Raina more chances and the poor Rahane and Tiwary will still be in bench carrying drinks and there will be no new bowlers selected for the team as these selectors and Dhoni will only look at the past records and will not allow young talents to groom...it is painful for all of us yet this is the fact....Unless and until Dhoni is removed from captaincy this trend will continue and we will keep on losing when we tour to other countries...I still respect Dhoni but the truth is he is not a test match material he should be captaining only the ODI team....his captaincy and decisions are hurting India, when is he going to realise this......Only God can save Indian team....

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Still wanting to know why England were not allowed in India until after the CL? Anyone help me?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Not interested in Eng Vs India series waiting for SA Vs Australia.....

  • POSTED BY NickeyT on | October 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    So, still no news of who's going to open with Cook ? I hope it'll be Compton. I'm really wondering quite often why Chris Woakes hasn't got a go... He's got a great bowling average in First Class matches (25.05 @ 3.05), and is very close to averaging 40 with the bat, including 6 centuries. He would be a great man to have in the team. I know it would be hard to choose who he'd subtitute. He would be great as the 6th player England keep looking for... An attack with : Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Swann & Woakes would give so much possibility without weakening the batting line up : Compton, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior, Woakes, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I tend to have the same view as SamuelH (whom I possibly know as a friend?) Apart from being the vice-captain, I hope Broad will be the key friendship healer - along with Graeme Swann - in the England team. As a South african i wish you guys good luck for a successful and a happy tour with KP back in your midst.

  • POSTED BY loki_knows on | October 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    "...a forced move as England were barred from entering India while the Champions League T20 was going on."

    What was this about?

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Great to have the T20 circus over with and some proper cricket to enjoy. India/England and Australia/South Africa, two fascinating series.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I read that England were not allowed to enter India during the champions league, why was this? I would like some elaboration please, or is this another ploy to try as much as possible to hamper England's preparations!

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | October 29, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    "England were barred from entering India while the Champions League T20 was ongoing." WHAT????

    "Stuart Broad will be vice-captain - a role he we maintain for the whole tour." Oh dear.

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | October 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Would've preferred to see Prior or Bell as VC to be honest - Broad's captaincy in the T20s hasn't been up to scratch & it also appears to have affected his bowling. I know Vice is nowhere near as full on a role as captain, but I don't really think he's cut out for it.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | October 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    This shouldnt even be a headline. If KP is slected in the 16 then he should be the 2nd name after Cook in the XI

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  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | October 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    This shouldnt even be a headline. If KP is slected in the 16 then he should be the 2nd name after Cook in the XI

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | October 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Would've preferred to see Prior or Bell as VC to be honest - Broad's captaincy in the T20s hasn't been up to scratch & it also appears to have affected his bowling. I know Vice is nowhere near as full on a role as captain, but I don't really think he's cut out for it.

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | October 29, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    "England were barred from entering India while the Champions League T20 was ongoing." WHAT????

    "Stuart Broad will be vice-captain - a role he we maintain for the whole tour." Oh dear.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I read that England were not allowed to enter India during the champions league, why was this? I would like some elaboration please, or is this another ploy to try as much as possible to hamper England's preparations!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | October 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Great to have the T20 circus over with and some proper cricket to enjoy. India/England and Australia/South Africa, two fascinating series.

  • POSTED BY loki_knows on | October 29, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    "...a forced move as England were barred from entering India while the Champions League T20 was going on."

    What was this about?

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I tend to have the same view as SamuelH (whom I possibly know as a friend?) Apart from being the vice-captain, I hope Broad will be the key friendship healer - along with Graeme Swann - in the England team. As a South african i wish you guys good luck for a successful and a happy tour with KP back in your midst.

  • POSTED BY NickeyT on | October 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    So, still no news of who's going to open with Cook ? I hope it'll be Compton. I'm really wondering quite often why Chris Woakes hasn't got a go... He's got a great bowling average in First Class matches (25.05 @ 3.05), and is very close to averaging 40 with the bat, including 6 centuries. He would be a great man to have in the team. I know it would be hard to choose who he'd subtitute. He would be great as the 6th player England keep looking for... An attack with : Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Swann & Woakes would give so much possibility without weakening the batting line up : Compton, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Prior, Woakes, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | October 29, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Not interested in Eng Vs India series waiting for SA Vs Australia.....

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | October 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Still wanting to know why England were not allowed in India until after the CL? Anyone help me?