London: The England team on Thursday embarked on their gruelling Test tour of India with captain Alastair Cook insisting that Kevin Pietersen's text message scandal was over and he was delighted to have the controversial batsman in the squad for the series.
Cook, who was a driving force behind the reconciliation process that ended last week with Pietersen being added to the India-bound squad, said he wanted his best players to be with him for the four-match and eight-week Test series starting on November 15.
"For me as captain this is the best possible outcome because we have a world-class player back in our team. It's been a difficult two months for Kevin but he's contrite and he's determined to get back to what he does best, scoring runs for England. As a captain that's all I want.