ECB confirm Kevin Pietersen will be 're-integrated' into England team

Kevin Pietersen
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The ECB confirm that they 'will consider' Kevin Pietersen for future England matches and will begin the process of 're-integrating' the batsman into the squad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Kevin Pietersen 'will be considered' for future England matches following a controversial few months for the batsman.

The 32-year-old has made a fresh apology to former Test captain Andrew Strauss following the furore over text messages, described as 'provocative', which were sent to members of the South Africa squad regarding his England teammates.

Pietersen was snubbed from the squad following unrest within the team but it has been confirmed that the prolific batsman could be welcomed back into the side.

An official statement said: "Upon completion of the programme, the England selectors will consider Kevin for future matches. Kevin Pietersen has apologised to Andrew Strauss and wishes to express to all those who support England his regrets at the impact the recent controversies have had on the England team.

"He now wishes to put the events of the summer behind him and to focus on regaining his place in the England team. With regards the issue of the BBM messages, due to the fact that Kevin had not retained the BBM messages, this matter has been successfully concluded through a binding assurance provided to ECB by Kevin. Kevin conceded that the messages exchanged were provocative.

"ECB is satisfied, following receipt of this binding assurance, that to the best of his recollection, Kevin did not convey any messages which were derogatory about the England captain, the England team director, the ECB or employees of the ECB. Furthermore, there was no tactical information whatsoever provided to members of the South African touring party."

It has not been confirmed whether Pietersen will be part of England's Test tour of India later this month after originally being left out of the squad.

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