After sending texts about skipper Andrew Strauss to the 2012
South Africans’ dressing room, Kevin Pietersen was dropped. New captain
Alastair Cook wanted to reintegrate him into the team so, only after an apology and committing to the England team again could Pietersen be selected,
a month after the original team for India, without him, was announced.
Pietersen was, however, one of the stars of the series. The
leading English batsman was Cook with three centuries but Pietersen played an
innings of 186 at Mumbai which added 206 with Cook AND ensured England’s
England gained a
Test series win in India
for the first time since 1984-85.
Nearly thirty players were called up during the whole tour,
policy of rotating the squad to reduce workload.
Press agencies boycotted the first Test at Ahmedabad because of
the fees for press passes.
Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Keven Pietersen
Wicket-keepers:Matt Prior, Johnny Bairstow
Slow bowlers: Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar
Broad, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Stuart Meaker, Graham
⋄ On 7
September 2012 the following were awarded full central ECB contracts: James
Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn,
Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.
DecemberNick Compton and Samit Patel
were awarded incremental contracts.
Geoff Miller (national selector),Andy Flower (Team Director),Ashley Giles, James Whitaker.
Not considered:Andrew Strauss (retired);Kevin Pietersen (after sending texts about
Strauss to South Africa’s dressing rooms in August -he
was not included in the list of central contracts for 2012/13 announced on 7
Tour Party Announced : 18 September 2012
Not selected:Ravi Bopara,James Taylor.
Addition :Kevin Pietersen was then
given a temporary 4-month contract after meeting Alistair Cook and Andy
Flower in Oxford,
and added to the team on 18 October as part of his “reintegration process”.
Time between selection and departure from England
(18 September - 25 October)
Departure was from London on 25 October.
Arrived next morning for three days of training at
the ICC Academy
in Dubai.Four county players (James Tredwell, Scott
Borthwick, Simon Kerrigan and Azeem Rafiq) were also flown out to give the England
batsmen practice against spin bowling.
The team arrived in Mumbai on Monday 29 October.
Ian Bell returned from paternity leave to play the third Test.
Time spent in India
Stuart Meaker flew in on 4 November as
cover for Steven Finn and stayed with the team for a fortnight.Finn tested the fitness of his thigh strainwith
the England Performance Programme team's match against Dr DY Patil Sports
Academy in Mumbai, but then suffered a back injury. He and Stuart Broad (heel
injury) returned to England
Tredwell joined the Test squad on 1 December as cover for Monty Panesar and
On c14 December Stuart Broad and Steven Finn returned to England
injured. Andy Flower, Graham Gooch and Phil Neale from the management squad
returned home at the end of the fourth Test.
Bairstow was flown home on 21 December before the second T20 on
compassionate leave because of a family illness.
Time away from England
October- January 2013)
of the tour
Test tours in 2012-13
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Trove; Papers Past NZ.
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Times, Daily Telegraph, Dawn, Eastern Daily Press, The Hindu, The Independent
(Dhaka), Indian Express, The Island (Lanka), Lahore Times, New Nation, New
Zealand Auckland Herald, Sri Lanka Daily News, Stabroek News, Straits Times,
Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Times of India , The Tribune
Chandigarh, Trinidad Guardian, The West Australian.
Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer
International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field
Annual, Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand,
Wisden Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’
Men In White, A History of
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