‘Business as usual’ for England after KP controversy

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Kevin Pietersen’s return to England colours amounted to mere “business as usual” for his team-mates, on a day when Steven Finn’s thigh injury proved a much graver concern.

Pietersen achieved a notable step towards completing his ‘reintegration’ after his summer of discontent, taking the field for his adopted country for the first time since being dropped for the final Test at Lord’s more than two months ago.

The batsman’s route back to favour has been a tortuous process, involving face-to-face talks with management and senior players and a public show of contrition for his controversial behaviour.

But if there was any lingering resentment following the breakdown in relations over contract wrangles, “provocative” text messages and that spoof Twitter account, it was not in evidence - from a distance at least - as England and Pietersen reacquainted themselves on the field at the start of what is sure to prove a tough Test series against India.

As for the inevitable Pietersen issue, Bresnan said: “It’s pretty much business as usual. I don’t suppose you’d be able to see from the outside looking in ... that it’s anything than normal.”