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Pietersen out of England ODI squad

Zubin Daver, December 26 2012,
Having cemented his return to the England set up during the recent Test tour to India, Kevin Pietersen finds himself omitted from England's one-day squads for their tour of New Zealand in the New Year.
Pietersen rested from the New Zealand series
Pietersen rested from the New Zealand series
On this occasion Pietersen has been left out for reasons of workload management, rather than disciplinary, as was the case when he was dropped from the squad in the last English summer during the series against South Africa.

Management of the players' workloads is becoming more common amongst the England international squad, but in the case of Pietersen, his omission from the tours to New Zealand is a particularly notable concession, coming so soon after the prolonged dispute between the player and the ECB.

England selector, Geoff Miller said that a number of different players had been selected across the squads, in order to manage player workloads, while keeping the side competitive in all three formats of the game, as England look forward to a highly demanding 2013, which will include a Champions Trophy competition, and an Ashes series against Australia.

There will be some questions asked though as to whether the ECB is bowing to Pietersen's demands by leaving him out of the One-Day squads, as if he remains fit, Pietersen will play in the Test series in New Zealand in March, and then take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was always central to the player's dispute with the ECB, which will mean that the player will not be resting from cricket at all, before he returns to England for the domestic season.

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