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Pietersen back in ODI squad
Kevin Pietersen has been named in England's one-day international squad to face India.
Pietersen infamously called time on his international limited-overs career six months ago at the age of 32, a move which kickstarted his summer of discontent and contract wrangles with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
However, after missing England's failed defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown and having played no 50 or 20-over cricket for his adopted country since the tour of the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan last winter, his name was included in the squad for five ODIs against India in January.
Pietersen will not play England's two T20 internationals against India before Christmas. 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 ODI fold, especially after his man-of-the-match 186 in England's series-levelling Test victory over India. Elsewhere in the 13-man Twenty20 squad, and 15 for the ODIs, there is space for Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker - uncapped in the shortest format - while James Tredwell is in both, as a replacement for Graeme Swann.
The latter, England's first-choice off-spinner in all formats, has a chronic elbow injury in his bowling arm on which he admits he fears he may have to have surgery again at some point.
Swann has already bowled many overs in England's ongoing Test tour of India, where spinners are very busy in sub-continental conditions. Stuart Broad will 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.
Morgan and Broad were not involved last time, because they were recovering from shoulder injuries. National selector Geoff Miller did not specifically name Swann or Pietersen, but explained the reasoning behind providing rest time for players involved in all formats.
"We are constantly looking to manage the workload of players as effectively as possible - and this winter is no different - so there are 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."