KP misses New Zealand tour

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KEVIN Pietersen has been rested for England’s one-day and Twenty20 tour of New Zealand in February to keep him fresh ahead of a gruelling 18 months of international cricket.

The batsman was included in the 50-over party for the five-match series in India next month following his successful ‘reintegration’ into the national set-up, but will not head to New Zealand as selectors look to manage the workload of key players.

The 32-year-old also missed the recently-concluded Twenty20 series in India.

With Pietersen absent, James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann have returned to the 14-man one-day squad after being rested for the India series.

The England and Wales Cricket Board also announced a 15-man England Lions squad for the limited overs tour of Australia in February which will be captained by Sheffield’s batsman Joe Root, who made his Test debut earlier this month against India.

Meanwhile former Yorkshire star and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from the one day form of the game.

The ‘Little Master’ brings an end to his 50-over career after 463 ODI caps which gleaned 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83, his highest score an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in 2010.