Thursday, 20 December 2012

New England Deal for KP

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Kevin Pietersen will be offered a new England contract, says head coach Andy Flower.

Pietersen currently has a four-month deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board after he was not initially picked for the tour of India.

Batsman Pietersen was dropped in August for sending 'provocative texts' to South Africa players.

"The contract won't be a problem," said Flower. "Kevin has been excellent in every way."

Pietersen agreed a four-month deal at the end of September, in order to take part in the tour of India, which ended on Monday with an historic first Test series victory since 1984-85.

"We did move on from it as soon as we had our meetings and everyone made a commitment to do so," Flower said of the negotiations which brought Pietersen back into the fold.

"We don't all always get on with people all of the time - any of us in any walk of life - and everyone has made an effort to make it work.

"It's been really good fun and he should be very proud of the way he's operated out here, both as an individual and as a player."

Pietersen's hundred in the second Test in Mumbai was the man-of-the-match performance in a comeback victory which set England on the way to their 2-1 series success.

"For him to score as quickly as he did there and put such pressure on the opposition bowlers really helped us turn the series around," said Flower.

"He's been excellent in the field and in the dressing room."

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