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Pietersen returns to one-day fold
The end of Kevin Pietersen's one-day international retirement was confirmed when he was named in England's squad to face India in five matches early next year.
Pietersen, in keeping with a rotation policy England are clearly keen to continue and develop, will miss two Twenty20 internationals against India next month - and off-spinner Graeme Swann is to take a rest in both series.
But a widely-anticipated return to England's ODI and Twenty20 plans for Pietersen is nonetheless rubber-stamped by his inclusion for the series in January. The 32-year-old infamously called time on his international limited-overs career six months ago, a move which kickstarted his summer of discontent and contract wrangles with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
He subsequently missed his adopted country's failed defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown and has to date played no 50 or 20-over international cricket since the tour of the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan last winter.
Pietersen's absence from England's immediate Twenty20 plans appears to be nothing more sinister than an example of the same strategy which means Swann has also been prescribed a rest.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "We are constantly looking to manage the workload of players as effectively as possible - and this winter is no different - so there are a number of players who are being rested for parts of the winter programme. This will enable them to take part in fitness and conditioning programmes in preparation for a busy 2013."
Pietersen had to undergo a period of 'reintegration' in order to secure his return to Test cricket, after a breakdown of relations with some senior players and management. But the mercurial batsman is back in the fold, especially after his man-of-the-match 186 in England's series-levelling Test victory over India in Mumbai two days ago.
Elsewhere in the 13-man Twenty20 squad and 15 for the ODIs, there is a place in the former for Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker - as yet uncapped in the shortest format - while James Tredwell is in both, as a like-for-like replacement for Swann, who has a chronic elbow injury in his bowling arm on which he admits he fears he may have to have surgery on again at some point.
Swann, a regular in all formats, has already bowled many overs in England's ongoing Test tour of India. Stuart Broad will continue to lead England's Twenty20 squad, in which Meaker and Tredwell are the only players to graduate from outside those who fell short in September's global tournament in Sri Lanka.
Joining Tredwell in Alastair Cook's ODI squad are four others who were absent the last time England played a 50-over series in India, 13 months ago. They are 21-year-old slow left-armer Danny Briggs, batsman Eoin Morgan and pace bowlers Broad and James Anderson.