Pietersen left out of Test squad

The Bolton News: Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for England's tour of India Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for England's tour of India

Kevin Pietersen has been left out of England's Test squad for the tour of India but two uncapped batsmen, Somerset's Nick Compton and Yorkshire's 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, the 29-year-old grandson of Denis, who was the top English batsman in the County Championship last season with an average of 99. Root, 21, opened the batting for Yorkshire, averaging 43.41, and could fill the gap left by the retirement of Andrew Strauss.

Essex batsman Ravi Bopara has lost his place in the 16-man Test squad, which is being captained by Alastair Cook, after a poor run of form in the second half of the season.

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."

The squad includes three spin bowlers for the four-Test tour to the sub-continent - Samit Patel, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

Speaking about the uncapped batsmen, national selector Geoff Miller said: "Nick Compton has performed well consistently for Somerset in county cricket this season, made big hundreds and shown that he has the temperament and the technique to play at a higher level.

"Joe Root is a player who has been successful at every level from county cricket through to EPP and England Lions, and he deserves this opportunity to step up to the next level and press his case for a place in the Test side."

The selectors have also named a 17-strong England Performance Programme squad which will undertake a month-long tour of India from mid-November and a seven-strong squad for next month's Hong Kong Sixes tournament which will be captained by Leicestershire batsman Josh Cobb.

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