The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Pietersen back in England fold after apology over texts


LONDON (REUTERS) - Controversial middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen can return to the England fold after making peace with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in a row over "provocative" text messages, officials said today.

Pietersen had apologised to former England captain Andrew Strauss, the ECB said in a statement, adding: "Agreement has been reached concerning a process for his re-integration into the England team during the remainder of 2012.

"Upon completion of the programme, the England selectors will consider Kevin for future matches."

Pietersen, who has averaged nearly 50 in 88 Test matches, was dropped in Aug after admitting sending messages to members of the opposing South Africa side which he conceded were provocative but denied were derogatory about Strauss.