Anderson rested for India tour

London: Kevin Pietersen has been recalled for England`s limited-overs trip to India but James Anderson has been left out of the squad.

England have five one-day matches against the world champions followed by a solitary Twenty20 match, with the tour getting under way with the first of two warm-up fixtures on October 8.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that Pietersen has been included in the 15-man squad, which includes uncapped Surrey pace bowler Stuart Meaker. The one surprising omission is Anderson, who has been rested for the forthcoming tour.

Meaker, 22, was called to The Oval last week to join up with the squad in the nets and has done enough to impress the selectors.

"This squad contains an exciting balance of experienced international cricketers along with some very talented younger players who can play the high-quality limited-overs cricket needed to challenge India," said national selector Geoff Miller.

"A number of injuries and a decision to omit James Anderson in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads give opportunities for other very talented players to continue to develop as international cricketers.”

"We had a promising one-day series win over India earlier this month and this squad will be looking forward to the challenge of continuing that success in the sub-continent over the next four weeks.”

"The additions to the squad for the Twenty20 fixture will strengthen the squad and provide Jos Buttler and Alex Hales with valuable experience of playing in the sub-continent.”

"Stuart Broad is currently undergoing a period of rehabilitation for a shoulder injury. However, he will join the squad in India if he completes his rehabilitation programme ahead of schedule. Graeme Swann will once again lead the Twenty20 side if Stuart is unable to join the squad."

England squad: A Cook (Essex, captain), J Bairstow (Yorkshire), I Bell (Warwickshire), R Bopara (Essex), S Borthwick (Durham), T Bresnan (Yorkshire), J Dernbach (Surrey), S Finn (Middlesex), C Kieswetter (Somerset), S Meaker (Surrey), S Patel (Nottinghamshire), K Pietersen (Surrey), G Swann (Nottinghamshire), J Trott (Warwickshire), C Woakes (Warwickshire). J Buttler (Somerset) and A Hales (Nottinghamshire) join the squad for the T20 fixture.

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