England rest Pietersen for India one-day series

MANCHESTER, England, (Reuters) – England batsman  Kevin Pietersen will be rested from the squad for next month’s  one-day series against India, the England and Wales Cricket  Board (ECB) said on its website (www.ecb.co.uk) yesterday.

Pietersen’s absence from the 14-man squad affords an  opportunity to Durham’s Ben Stokes who made his debut in the  one-day international win against Ireland on Thursday.

“The decision to omit Kevin Pietersen from the one-day squad  is in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads  and will give the opportunity to another batsman to test himself  batting at number four,” national selector Geoff Miller said on  the website.

The selectors also named a 13-man squad for the Twenty20  fixture against India at Old Trafford on Wednesday, which  included the uncapped pair of Somerset’s Jos Buttler and  Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales.
The one-day series runs from Sept. 3-16.

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