Pietersen in England squad despite lack of cricket

Despite a long absence due to injury, Kevin Pietersen has been named in the 12-man England squad for the first Test against Pakistan.

updated: July 25, 2010 08:35 IST
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Kevin Pietersen was named in England's 12-man squad on Sunday for the first of four Tests against Pakistan starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday despite not having played any cricket for nearly a month because of a thigh injury.

England's selectors wanted Pietersen to play for Hampshire on Sunday but the county have not included him in their team after he announced his intention to leave the south coast side at the end of the season.

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