Flower draws line under KP fallout

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Kevin Pietersen is set to make his England return on Tuesday
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Kevin Pietersen is set to make his England return on Tuesday

Andy Flower does not envisage any future problems with Kevin Pietersen after confirming the controversial batsman will complete his reintegration process by turning out for England in their first warm-up match against India A in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Pietersen will make his first appearance in England colours since August after being dropped for sending "provocative" BBM messages to some South Africa players. He was originally omitted from the 16-man squad to tour India as the fallout from the saga rumbled on but was recalled following a series of meetings with new Test captain Alastair Cook, Flower and other senior figures.

"Whatever label you want to put on it, Kevin is coming back into the team after a few problems that we had in our side so I'm confident we'll work together well from now on," Flower said in a press conference. "He's down to play and he'll bat at four tomorrow."

After being stood down for the third Test against South Africa in August, the 32-year-old reversed his decision to retire from the limited-overs internationals but was nevertheless overlooked for the World Twenty20 before efforts were made to resolve the matter.

Pietersen, who has 88 Test caps to his name, apologised for his conduct and signed a new central contract, initially for four months, but Flower cannot see any reason why that would not be lengthened.

"I haven't thought much about the extension of his contract," he said.

"We are focusing on playing well in India.

"I don't envisage a problem. I think we can work very well together in the future and we've already started that process.

"We've had some great success and some great times over the last few years and I don't see a problem in the future."

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