Kevin Pietersen signs full central contract

Kevin Pietersen, who played on the Test tour of India, has signed a full central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen had been playing on a short-term deal but now, along with England’s other senior players, is contracted until September 30.

England Twenty20 and one-day international head coach Ashley Giles said, “Kevin has now signed up fully and is fully back on board.

“It’s great news. It’s great for me to have him, his experience in this part of the world is invaluable.”

Despite Pietersen’s presence, England are not at full strength for Giles’ first tour in charge.

James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann have been rested while Stuart Broad is recovering from injury and Jonny Bairstow is absent on compassionate grounds.

“I think it’s just a function of the era we are playing in,” said Giles. “We have to look after our cricketers, particularly with the amount of cricket we have coming up.

“In the next 12-18 months it is imperative we look after our best players, both physically and mentally. If that means occasionally resting them or rotating them out of the side then that is the way it will be.

“But wherever there is injury, or rest, or rotation there is opportunity and it’s up to the young guys to show what they can do.”

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