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Kevin Pietersen left out of the England squad for the tour of India

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 13:21 | Comments

Pietersen still out in the cold as 'textgate' rumbles on
Pietersen still out in the cold as 'textgate' rumbles on

Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the tour of India but two uncapped batsmen Nick Compton and Joe Root, have won places.

England cricket managing director Hugh Morris said there are still issues to be resolved over the text message dispute that saw 32-year-old Pietersen omitted from the last Test against South Africa.

Pietersen's omission opens the way for Compton who was the top English batsman in the county championship last season with an average of 99. 

Pietersen could yet return to the England set-up next year but the fall-out from his text messages about former captain Strauss with members of the South Africa team during the summer continues to be a problem.

Morris said: "Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues which 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." 

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