London: England head coach Andy Flower has said he doesn’t expect any further problems in the dressing room after controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen ends his exile from the England side on Tuesday when he plays in the tour opener against India A.
Pietersen will bat at No 4 in his first appearance in England colours since August at the Brabourne Stadium after being dropped for sending “provocative” BBM messages to some South Africa players
The South Africa born batsman was originally omitted from the 16-man squad to tour India as the fallout from the saga rumbled on but was recalled following a series of successful meetings with new Test captain Alastair Cook, Flower and other senior figures.
“Whatever label you want to put on it, Kevin is coming back into the team after a few problems that we had in our side, so I’m confident we’ll work together well from now on,” the Telegraph quoted Flower, as saying.
Pietersen, with 88 Test caps to his name, apologised for his conduct and signed a new central contract, initially for four months, but Flower cannot see any reason why that would not be lengthened.
“I haven’t thought much about the extension of his contract. We are focusing on playing well in India. I don’t envisage a problem. I think we can work very well together in the future and we’ve already started that process,” Flower said.
“We’ve had some great success and some great times over the last few years and I don’t see a problem in the future,” he added.
First Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 16:26