Pietersen has had nothing go his way these past few months
Given everything England batsman Kevin Pietersen has done this summer, it comes as no surprise to anybody that he was dropped for the upcoming tour of India.
Yorkshire batsman Joe Root and Somerset batsman Nick Compton have both received their first England call-ups to replace Pietersen and recently retired former Test captain Andrew Strauss.
Despite having a horrendous year in Test cricket, Eoin Morgan has managed to retain his spot in the roster and Monty Panesar will be one of three spinners included in the team, the other two being Samit Patel and Graeme Swann, due to the spin-friendly conditions in India.
Pietersen has not represented England in any format of the game since the second Test against South Africa on August 6, after which he was accused to sending derogatory text messages about Strauss and coach Andy Flower to the South African players.
The England batsman was also involved in a heated dispute with a senior member of the team after going on a foul-mouthed rampage against debutant James Taylor.
The managing director of England cricket, Hugh Morris said: “Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues that led to his omission from the final Investec Test match against South Africa. These discussions remain private and confidential and, as there are issues still to be resolved, Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour.”
With Pietersen dropped and Strauss retired, many cricket pundits predict the England batsmen, who are all inexperienced, will struggle to cope with the conditions in India.
Compton and Root have both been included in the squad for their outstanding form in the county season.
Compton ended up being the leading run scorer of the 2012 domestic season with 1494 runs to his name, while Root has consistently featured in the England Lions squad over the past year.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in county cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level, Joe Root is a player who has been successful at every level from county cricket through to EPP and England Lions, and he deserves this opportunity to step up to the next level and press his case for a place in the Test side.”
Ravi Bopara and James Taylor, who both played and struggled to score runs against South Africa, will miss out on the India tour.
To make matters worse for Bopara, he has not even been included in the Performance squad that will be playing in India at the same time as the national team.
In terms of England’s spin attack, Panesar will back up main spinner Graeme Swann, despite having a shocking series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, while James Tredwell was also included in the squad for his brilliant performances throughout the limited overs series against South Africa.
Patel’s inclusion in the squad will give England even more options if any of the other spinners get injured or under-perform.
England’s entire squad for the tour of India is as follows: Alastair Cook (capt) James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Eoin Morgan, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.