ENGLAND have shelved plans to announce their squad for the Test tour of India today, as discussions over Kevin Pietersen’s future continue.
Team director Andy Flower had previously stated that he wanted the touring party finalised before flying to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 but, while selection discussions are at an advanced stage, the planned announcement has been delayed until at least Tuesday.
Reports indicated a call has already been made to go without Pietersen for the four-Test series, but Press Association Sport understands the door has not been closed just yet.
Although unlikely given the issues of “trust and mutual respect” that have undermined Pietersen’s relationship with sections of the dressing room, there is a chance the 32-year-old could travel if private negotiations with the England and Wales Cricket Board bear fruit in the coming days.
Pietersen has admitted sending “provocative” messages to friends in the South Africa dressing room, but also harbours grievances of his own and as such was not offered a central contract when the 2012/13 batch were drawn up.
Last night England won their final Twenty20 match of their three-game series against South Africa.
Stuart Broad’s team set the tourists a target of 119 at Edgbaston after reaching 118-5 from their 11 overs in a rain shortened match. Craig Kieswetter made 50 and Jos Buttler 32 from just 10 balls.
In reply South Africa could only get to 90-5 in their innings as Graeme Swann and Yorkshire’s Tim Bresnan both took two wickets.
The series was drawn 1-1.