Kevin Pietersen has missed out on a place against Bangladesh in the forthcoming 2 Test series. Ian Bell will play, and Jon Lewis – Gloucester seamer – is included for backup. I think this is a wise move by the selectors, and is indicative of their consistency and caution over the past few years.
They obviously feel Pietersen hasn’t made enough runs – and, yes, he hasn’t – but it wouldn’t have been a great suprise to see him included. This is a wake up call for Pietersen; make big runs, like Ian Bell has been doing all season, if you want to play for England. In other words, you won’t be picked on hype and potential alone.
The full squad is as follows:
Batsmen: M P Vaughan (Capt), I R Bell, M E Trescothick, A J Strauss, G P Thorpe
Wicket-keeper: G O Jones.
All-rounder: A Flintoff
Bowlers: A F Giles, M J Hoggard, S J Harmison, J Lewis, SP Jones