Kevin Pietersen has been recalled to England’s limited-overs squad for the trip to India next month.


have five one-day matches against the world champions followed by a

Twenty20 match, with the tour starting with the first of two warm-up

fixtures on October 8.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

confirmed that Pietersen has been included in the 15-man squad, which

includes uncapped Surrey pace bowler Stuart Meaker, but bowler James

Anderson has been rested.

Meaker, 22, was called up last week to try out with the squad in the nets and has done enough to impress the selectors.


squad contains an exciting balance of experienced international

cricketers along with some very talented younger players who can play

the high quality limited overs cricket needed to challenge India,” said

national selector Geoff Miller.

“A number of injuries and a

decision to omit James Anderson in line with our policy of sensibly

managing player workloads give opportunities for other very talented

players to continue to develop as international cricketers.


had a promising One-Day series win over India earlier this month and

this squad will be looking forward to the challenge of continuing that

success in the sub-continent over the next four weeks.


additions to the squad for the Twenty20 fixture will strengthen the

squad and provide Jos Buttler and Alex Hales with valuable experience of

playing in the sub-continent.

“Stuart Broad is currently

undergoing a period of rehabilitation for a shoulder injury. However he

will join the squad in India if he completes his rehabilitation

programme ahead of schedule. Graeme Swann will once again lead the

Twenty20 side if Stuart is unable to join the squad.”


batsman Pietersen had been rested for the recent victorious home ODI

series against India, the one-off clash with Ireland and the two

Twenty20 fixtures against the West Indies.

Meaker has spent the

last two winters on the Fast Bowling Programme. He made his debut for

England Lions against Sri Lanka A this summer and has now received his

first senior call-up.

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes and

Durham’s Scott Borthwick have also been included having not been

involved in this month’s ODI series win over India.

Meanwhile, Australia legend Steve Waugh admits old enemies England are setting

standards that the rest of the world has to aspire to match in Test


Waugh captained Australia during his country’s dominant

run in the Test arena and presided over several triumphs in Ashes

showdowns against England.

But he has been forced to concede that

England’s rise to the top of the ICC Test rankings under skipper Andrew

Strauss has been an impressive achievement.

Strauss has led

England to a pair of series victories over Australia and they took pole

position in the rankings with a 4-0 whitewash of previous leaders India.


believes the key to England’s success has been their ability to show a

ruthless streak that had been lacking from their talented but fragile


“You could see it coming for about the last 18

months, they are a quality professional side, who want to dismantle the

opposition, win as quickly as they can,” Waugh told Sky Sports News.


have got that winning streak now and have good depth in their side.

They know how to win and they know how to get out of tough situations.


they are the best Test playing side in the world. South Africa are not

too far behind and I think Australia will come back pretty quickly as


The hectic international schedule has been blamed in some

quarters for India’s poor showing in England but Waugh is adamant MS

Dhoni’s team failed to prepare properly for the tour.

“I think

it’s a pretty lame excuse from India,” he said. “I just think they

prepared poorly, they only had one game before the Test matches against


“You can’t expect to come to England, in different

conditions against a quality side, not prepare well and still expect to

do well. Their downfall was totally down to poor preparation.”