KP fall-out is put to one side

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ANDY Flower does not envisage any future problems with Kevin Pietersen after confirming the controversial batsman will turn out for England in their first warm-up match against India A in Mumbai today.

Pietersen will make his first appearance in England colours since August after being dropped for sending “provocative” BBM messages to South Africa players. He was recalled following a series of meetings with new Test captain Alastair Cook, Flower and others. “I’m confident we’ll work together well from now on,” Flower said. “He’s down to play and he’ll bat at four.”

Pietersen retaining his number four spot in the batting line-up would suggest England are unlikely to move Jonathan Trott to open alongside Cook following Strauss’ retirement. That would mean either Sheffield’s Joe Root or Somerset’s Nick Compton will be given the chance to make the role their own.